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CR. 488 Elegy Study I

Elegy Study I


CR. 488 Elegy Study I

lithograph on light brown Tyler Graphics Ltd. (TGL) handmade paper
39 1/4 x 61 in. (99.7 x 154.9 cm)


Signed "R. Motherwell" in pencil lower right


Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; workshop number "RM89-961" in pencil reverse lower left




1 archive proof
20 AP, numbered 1/20-20/20
2 PP


Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York


John Hutcheson and Jim Lefkowitz, Tyler Graphics Ltd.,


Papermaking by Paul Imboden and Tom Strianese; prep work for continuous-tone lithography by Kenneth Tyler; plate preparation and processing by Lee Funderburg; proofing by Funderburg, Hutcheson, and Tyler

Production Sequence

4 colors printed in 4 runs from 7 aluminum plates: 1. black – plate; 2. white – two plates; 3. white – two plates; 4. white – two plates (white was printed using two aluminum plates for each printing: one plate for the left side, and one plate for the right side of the print)


B 425; TGL RM91


In 1975 Motherwell hand-painted an impression of Spanish Elegy I (cat. no. 174) with black and white acrylic, revising the overall shapes of the Elegy forms, adding a pronounced black border and white brush strokes inside the field. He used this impression as the maquette for Elegy Study I and increased the size.


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