Blue Elegy, State I
relief print and lithograph on white Tyler Graphics Ltd. (TGL) handmade paper
42 1/8 x 58 3/4 in. (107 x 149.2 cm)
Signed "R. Motherwell" in pencil lower right
Numbered in pencil lower right; inscribed "(State-I)" in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; workshop number "RM83-687A" in pencil reverse lower left
Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York
Steve Reeves and Tom Strianese (magnesium plate), and Roger Campbell and Lee Funderburg (aluminum plates), Tyler Graphics Ltd.
Papermaking with hand coloring by Reeves and Strianese; magnesium plate preparation by Kenneth Tyler with processing by Swan Engraving, Bridgeport, Connecticut; proofing by Reeves and Strianese; prep work for continuous-tone lithography by Tyler; aluminum plate preparation by Funderburg
7 colors (including 5 paper dyes) printed in 3 runs from 1 magnesium plate and 1 aluminum plate with 1 paper pressing: 1. white pulp base sheet dyed with yellow, yellow-ochre, light turquoise blue, light blue-gray, and dark blue-gray; 2. blue – magnesium plate (relief); 3. black – aluminum plate (lithograph)
B 348; TGL RM85
Two of the trial proofs from this edition are numbered "1/2" and "2/2" and are printed in black from one aluminum plate on Chinese tissue paper. The third trial proof is inscribed "trial" and printed on white Tyler Graphics Ltd. (TGL) handmade paper.