La Méditerranée, Etude Artistique
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La Méditerranée, Etude Artistique 1937
It was while the artist was on holiday in the south of France that he began to use picture postcards in his collages. He was attracted by their bright colours and found that, using a number of the same cards together, he could transform their original meaning. In this piece Penrose has shown a woman looking into a mirror. As the title suggests, he has used postcards of the Mediterranean Sea. The collage also includes rubbings, at the bottom, and drawing in pencil.

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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.


A technique in which paper or canvas is placed over a grainy surface and rubbed with a crayon or charcoal. This was often used by Surrealist artists to create chance effects. From the French word ‘frotter’, meaning ‘to rub’.

Collage, Frottage


  • Acc. No. GMA 4401
  • Medium Paper collage, frottage, pencil and gouache on card
  • Size 80.00 x 54.30 cm (framed: 83.82 x 58.42 x 2.54 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Mr Antony Penrose 2001