Elegy Sketch, State I
lithograph on white Arches Cover mould-made paper
37 x 51 1/2 in. (94 x 130.8 cm)
Signed “RM” in pencil lower right
Inscribed “BAT” in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; workshop number “RM86-847” in pencil reverse lower left
WP (see comments)
Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York
Roger Campbell and Lee Funderburg, Tyler Graphics Ltd.
Prep work for continuous-tone lithography by Kenneth Tyler; plate preparation by Funderburg; proofing by Campbell and Funderburg
2 colors printed in 2 runs from 2 aluminum plates: 1. red-ochre – plate; 2. gray – plate
Motherwell decided to augment Elegy Sketch of 1987 (cat. no. 382) by adding a background color to the red-ochre linear composition. He hand-painted several unsigned impressions, the original work proof, and the first edition proof of Elegy Sketch and chose a gray background for State I. Before the final color was chosen, several alternatives were printed, including red, but only the gray impression was signed on the BAT and 1/175. Motherwell intended to have Tyler Graphics reprint the remaining unsigned impressions of Elegy Sketch, which had been set aside in 1987, with this new background color as a separate version of the image. Work on this project was incomplete when Motherwell died in 1991), and the edition was never printed. The bon á tirer impression was donated to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
See also Comments for cat. no. 382.