Untitled (Suite of Collages)
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2006

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Untitled (Suite of Collages)
Collages were an important area of Surrealist activity. Hugnet began making collages in the 1930s and continued until the 1960s. Little is known about this suite of forty-two collages, but it is believed that they were intended for publication with an accompanying text. The pictures are taken from various sources, such as travel guides, postcards, film and fashion magazines, and nineteenth-century illustrations. However, photographs from pornographic magazines take pride of place, with the overall theme being fulfilment of male voyeuristic sexual fantasies. The collages follow a loose narrative framework, with most of the scenes set in and around historical buildings. This image is the first page, and a colour double page spread; the rest of the portfolio is black and white.

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Collage

An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

Portfolio

A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Collage, Portfolio, Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3989
  • Medium Portfolio containing 42 mounted collages
  • Size 32.50 x 49.00 cm (page 1); 32.50 x 24.50 cm (pages 2 - 42)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995