The Basque Suite
North America, American
22 in. x 17 3/16 in. (55.88 cm x 43.66 cm)
Medium and Support:
Screen print on paper
Gift of Lila Franco in memory of her husband, Ralph Franco
© The Estate of Robert Motherwell / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Moving effortlessly between painting, collage, printmaking, and artist's books, Motherwell allowed each process to influence the others. For example, his satisfaction in the physical activity of drawing and painting and the pushing, dragging, and flinging of pigment coalesce in this silkscreen.
Untitled, 1970–1971, is one of ten works that make up "The Basque Suite"—a tribute to the landscape and people of Spain's Basque region. It and many of the other works in the Suite incorporate earthy colors that endow the elegant contrast of black and white with a mundane reality.