Sir Roland Penrose

La Méditerranée, Etude Artistique

About this artwork

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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  • artist:
  • title:
    La Méditerranée, Etude Artistique
  • date created:
    1937
  • materials:
    Paper collage, frottage, pencil and gouache on card
  • measurements:
    80.00 x 54.30 cm (framed: 83.82 x 58.42 x 2.54 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mr Antony Penrose 2001
  • accession number:
    GMA 4401
  • gallery:
  • subject:
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  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Sir Roland Penrose

Sir Roland Penrose