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February-May 1968

In February, Motherwell writes to Tatyana Grosman at ULAE to propose a livre d’artiste using the poem “A la Pintura” by Rafael Alberti. Motherwell chooses to illustrate the book with images drawn from the new Open series and ULAE printmaker Donn Steward suggests a combination of aquatint and sugar-lift etching to capture the rich color and hand drawn lines of the paintings. Work commences in May and will continue for four years.