Summertime in Italy (with Blue)
30 x 22 1/4 in. (76.2 x 56.5 cm)
Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right
Numbered in pencil lower right; printer's chop mark lower right
TP ( unrecorded)
Hollander Workshop, New York
Irwin Hollander, Hollander Workshop
1 color printed in 1 run from 1 zinc plate: blue – plate
The textured blue background of this image was achieved using French transfer paper, a thin, transparent material coated with gum solution. Motherwell used liquid tusche as a drawing medium. Unlike a print made by drawing directly on a plate, the image does not get reversed in the transfer. Through this technique devised by Hollander, which masks the image out of the background, Motherwell developed a hollowed-out version of the Summertime in Italy image.
Some artist's and trial proof impressions were printed on buff-colored paper.
See also comments for cat. no. 31.