Inscribed, in ink, on reverse, center left [visible through window in mat]: best / [sketch of a face]; inscribed, in ink, on reverse, center right [visible through window in mat: ROBERT MOTHEWELL [sic]; inscribed, in ink and graphite, on label affixed to reverse of mat, upper center: For R.Motherwell / From R. Matta / (Tarquinia, Italia} [in script, first line in ink, other 2 lines in graphite]; inscribed, in ink, on post-it affixed to reverse of mat, lower center left: Bob, / dear bob, / our Bob / [illegible script] / con Kathy [in script]; inscribed, in ink, on post-it affixed to reverse of mat, lower center right: When! cuando / nos [illegible script].? / otro digo [possibly, in script] / mi / [sketch of a face]; printed, in ink, on label affixed to reverse of mat, left: [coat of arms] MINISTERIO DE CULTURA [oriented vertically with left at bottom]; dated and inscribed, in ink, on reverse of frame, upper right: R.MATTA 1990; stamped, in ink, on reverse of frame, upper center: RENATE PONSOLD MOTHERWELL / 909 North ST. / GREENWICH, CT 06831; stamped, in ink, on reverse of frame, lower center: COLLECTION: / RENATE PONSOLD MOTHERWELL / 909 NORTH ST. [bottom part of last line missing]
The artist; given to Robert Motherwell, about 1990; bequeathed to his wife, Renate Ponsold Motherwell, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1991; given to present collection, 2008.
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