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CR. 476 The Red Queen

The Red Queen


CR. 476 The Red Queen

aquatint, lift-ground etching and aquatint, and collage
31 x 25 in. (78.7 x 63.5 cm)
plate size: 23 5/8 x 17 7/8 in. (60 x 45.4 cm)


Whatman paper; German Etching paper


Signed "RM" in pencil lower left


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




1 archive proof
10 AP, numbered I/X-X/X
1 CP
HC (unrecorded)
2 PP


Artist; released by Waddington Graphics Ltd., London


Catherine Mosley, assisted by Janis Stemmermann, artist’s studio, Greenwich, Connecticut

Production Sequence

3 colors printed in 5 steps from 4 copper plates: 1. red – plate (aquatint, on Whatman paper); 2. black – plate (lift-ground etching and aquatint, on same paper as step 1); 3. black – plate (aquatint and lift-ground etching, on German Etching paper); 4. dark red – plate (aquatint and lift-ground etching, on same paper as step 3); 5. collage: printed German Etching paper (from steps 3 and 4) adhered to printed Whatman paper (from steps 1-2)


B 414


Motherwell composed this image using a fragment from his etching Three Forms (cat. no. 469) as a collage element. The title is a reference to the Red Queen, with her cardlike torso and a brandished scepter, in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Motherwell often referred to printmaking as an Alice-in-Wonderland phenomenology.


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