Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Formulating his artistic vision based upon the ideals of Surrealism, automatism, and abstraction, Motherwell created a personal iconography very early on, which reflected confidence and consistency throughout his career. Running Elegy II, Blue State, is one of the strongest examples of this personal vocabulary.
Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints, 1940-1991, Catalogue Raisonné by siri Engberg and Joan Banach, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2003, page 266.
Running Elegy II, Blue State, 1983
Lift-ground etching and aquatint, soft-ground etching on Georges Duchene Hawthorne of Larroque handmade paper.
Edition of 10; plus 1 archive proof, 5 AP, numbered I/V-V/V; 1BAT, 1PP; any other proofs have not been recorded.
Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, NY
Printed by Catherine Mosley, Artist’s Studio, Greenwich, CT
Production sequence: 2 colors printed in 2 runs from 2 copper plates; 1-Black-Plate (lift-ground etching and aquatint); 2-Blue-Plate (soft-ground etching)
The 1980s saw a deepening of Motherwell’s relationships with his master printers (Tyler and Mosley). Tyler Graphics became Motherwell’s primary dealer and distributor of his lithographs in 1983.