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Print33 Iso

Summertime in Italy, #12


Print33 Iso

lithograph on Rives BFK paper
29 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (74 x 51.1 cm)


Signed "Motherwell," "RM," or "Robert Motherwell" in pencil lower left; signed "RM" in plate lower left


Numbered in pencil lower center; some impressions have printer's chop mark lower right




AP (unrecorded)
TP (unrecorded)


Hollander Workshop, New York


Irwin Hollander, Hollander Workshop

Production Sequence

1 color printed in 1 run from 1 zinc plate: brown – plate


B Appendix 21


Motherwell wanted the gestural shapes in this image to be overspread by a random tracery of lines. To achieve this, transfer paper was rubbed with lithographic crayon and crumpled before being set into a zinc plate for printing. Unfortunately, the numerous gray and white modulations originally achieved in this manner closed up after a short print run, a problem that would later be solved by applying lacquer as a stabilizer. Consequently, no edition was printed of this image. Instead, the image was printed in both black and brown, with some impressions proofed on buff Arches paper.

See cat. no. 47 for a related image. See also Comments for cat. no. 31.


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