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A la pintura: White 1-2

A work made of lift-ground etching and aquatint in beige, with letterpress in black on white wove paper, taped to white wove paper.

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  • A work made of lift-ground etching and aquatint in beige, with letterpress in black on white wove paper, taped to white wove paper.

Date:

1968–71, published 1972

Artist:

Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991)
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

According to John McKendry, former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, if nothing else survived of Robert Motherwell’s oeuvre save his A la Pintura, he “would still be seen as a major artist of the twentieth century.” Motherwell’s book of 24 unbound pages, with 21 mixed intaglio prints, “illuminates the poetry” of Raphael Alberti. After Robert Motherwell discovered Ben Belitt’s translation of Raphael Alberti’s A la Pintura (On Painting), Motherwell recalled, “I had found the text for a livre d’artiste, a text whose every line set into motion my innermost painterly feelings… . This poetry is made for painters, and this livre was made for the poetry. I meant the two to be wedded, as in a medieval psalter, but with my own sense of the modern.” Just as Motherwell was inspired by poetry, Alberti found constant source material in the visual arts. A la Pintura was his homage to the collection of master paintings in the Prado Museum in Madrid and was dedicated to his friend and fellow Spaniard Pablo Picasso.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Robert Motherwell

Title

A la pintura: White 1-2

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1968–1972

Medium

Lift-ground etching and aquatint in beige, with letterpress in black on white wove paper, taped to white wove paper

Dimensions

60.5 × 91.5 cm (23 7/8 × 36 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; purchased with funds provided by supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1982.862.8u

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