In 1972, a year after moving permanently to Greenwich, CT, Robert Motherwell acquired a Charles Brand etching press and a Charles Brand lithography press with the intent of building a studio dedicated to making graphic work on his new property. He had recently come off successful printmaking collaborations with Irwin Hollander, Donn Steward at ULAE, and Chris Prater for Marlborough Graphics, and was intent on furthering his work in the media, but on his own schedule. As Motherwell recounted to publisher Brooke Alexander in September of 1974:
“I like to experiment without a deadline…I am an erratic editor of my work – even more so in alien surroundings – and like to compare the prints physically with paintings in my studio. I painted alone in my studio for twenty-five years and it got damn lonely…as I grow older, I feel the need of collaboration and comradeship.”
It was at this time that Motherwell hired Catherine Mosley to be his in-house master-printer, with whom he would collaborate until his death in 1991. Mosley would commute to Greenwich from her studio in Manhattan multiple times per week, allowing Motherwell to work on numerous editions simultaneously while drifting between his separate painting and collage studios. The result was a more synthesized overall practice and coevolution between the media.
Motherwell would install a Brand etching press in his Provincetown, MA studio in 1982, where he had spent nearly every summer working since 1982. Mosley would spend time intermittently in Provincetown every summer as well, where Motherwell created seminal graphic works such as La Casa de la Mancha, 1984 and The Persian, 1985. On July 16th, 1991, Motherwell passed away having just finished four editions with Mosley including Barcelona Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 1991, which he considered to be one of his finest works.
Motherwell, in conversation with Brooke Alexander, quoted in Robert Motherwell: Selected Prints, 1961-74, exh. cat. P. 9 and in Banach and Engberg, “Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940-1991 Catalogue Raisonne” p. 191