The beginnings of Robert Motherwell's career as an artist was heavily influenced by his travels to Mexico. As the youngest of the "First Generation" of Abstract Expressionists, Motherwell quickly emerged as an innovative printmaker and frequently turned to literature for inspiration, especially the poetry of Mexican poets, including, Octavio Paz.
As a Nobel Prize winning poet, Octavio Paz was not only one of the major poets of the 20th century but had a deep understanding of modern art, publishing two books on Marcel Duchamp. Motherwell spent over a year integrating his lithographs with Paz' poetry, sparing no expense to produce a magnificent deluxe collection of prints with a rich interplay between text and image.
His series of 8 lithographs connected to Paz' poem titled "Nocturne" is a powerful graphic meditation on this iconic body of literature. These works are arguably the best demonstration of his unique use of large swaths of black for dramatic and emotional effect which became a dominant theme in his fine art lithography.
As part of this special exhibit only, a 50% discount is offered (a saving of $2,800) when the entire set of 7 lithographs is purchased (use discount coupon name "Nocturne" at check out)