Artwork by Robert Motherwell,  The Red Queen (Belknap 414; Engberg & Banach 476)

Robert Motherwell
The Red Queen (Belknap 414; Engberg & Banach 476)

aquatint and etching with collage
signed with initials and numbered 5/40 in the lower margin. Publisher: Robert Motherwell, New York, released by Waddington Graphics Ltd. London. Printer: Catherine Mosely, in the artist’s studio, Greenwich.
23.625 x 17.75 ins ( 60 x 45.1 cms ) ( plate size )

Auction Estimate: $12,000.00$9,000.00 - $12,000.00

Price Realized $13,200.00
Sale date: June 28th 2022

Private Collection, Toronto
The title is a reference to the Red Queen in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. The fragment Motherwell uses in the composition is from his etching “Three Forms”.

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Robert Motherwell
(1915 - 1991)

Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 – July 16, 1991) was an American abstract expressionist painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School, which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

Trained in philosophy, Motherwell became an artist, regarded as among the most articulate of the abstract expressionist painters. He was known for his series of abstract paintings and prints which touched on political, philosophical and literary themes.