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CR. 383 French Revolution Bicentennial Suite II

French Revolution Bicentennial Suite II


CR. 383 French Revolution Bicentennial Suite II

aquatint, photoengraving, and collage
16 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (42.9 x 51.1 cm)
plate size: 9 7/8 x 13 3/4 in. (25.1 x 34.9 cm)


Whatman paper; Arches paper


Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right


Numbered in pencil lower right; artist's chop mark lower right




1 archive proof
7 AP, numbered I/VII-VII/VII
2 CP
2 PP


Artist; released by Waddington Graphics Ltd., London


Catherine Mosley, assisted by Diana Donaldson, artist’s studio, Greenwich, Connecticut

Production Sequence

3 colors printed in 4 steps from 3 copper plates: 1. red – plate (aquatint, on Whatman paper); 2. blue – plate (aquatint, on same paper as step 1); 3. black – plate (photoengraving, on Arches paper); 4. collage: Arches paper (from step 3) torn and adhered to Whatman paper


B 350


Invited by the French historian Georges Soria to submit a work for reproduction in a three-volume history of the French Revolution titled Grande Histoire de la Revolution Française, published by Bordas in Paris, Motherwell created a series of six collages exploring the colors of the French flag and hand-stenciled with the fleur-de-lis. The first of these collages was chosen for inclusion in the book, and the second through the fifth were used as maquettes for the prints in this suite.


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