Robert Motherwell: between life and death

Mexican Elegy
 from the book Three Poems

by Octavio Paz


Litographs on chine appliqué in a book of 26 litographs

Printed by Bruce Porter, Trestle Editions Limited, New York

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco


Place of apparition

on a piece of canvas

face to face:

idea made act.

Chi ama crede: 

the picture empty plural unique another


breathes still equal to itself:

reconquered space.



The mystery of painting

To me the mystery of painting today is how can appearance be made. I know it can be illustrated. I know it can be photographed. But how can this thing be made so that you catch the mystery of appearance within the mystery of the making?