Une Semaine de Bonté... où les Sept Élements Capitaux. Roman [A Week of Kindness... or The Seven Capital Elements. Novel]
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Une Semaine de Bonté... où les Sept Élements Capitaux. Roman [A Week of Kindness... or The Seven Capital Elements. Novel] 1934
Ernst made two short collage novels in 1922. Between 1929 and 1934 he made three much longer ones, each relying on cut-up nineteenth-century engravings. This de-luxe version of ‘A Week of Kindness’ contains five original etchings alongside 182 collages. By the careful and economical use of collage, Ernst produced surprisingly plausible, nightmarish images. The visual consistency in both the base images and in Ernst’s manipulation results in the suggestion of a narrative, even if its meaning is obscure. The original intention had been to publish seven volumes, one for each day of the week. However, due to financial constraints it was published in five parts, with three days compressed into the final volume.

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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.

Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Collage, Engraving, Etching

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA A35/2/RPL1/0344
  • Medium Book. Publication place: Paris. Publisher: Éditions Jeanne Bucher. Date: 1934. Edition: No. X of XVI of an edition of 812.
  • Size 17.60 x 12.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 1994