Georges Hugnet

Portrait automatique de l'automate d'Albert-le-Grand [Automatic Portrait of the Automaton of Albertus Magnus]

About this artwork

This 'portrait' was made with a technique known as decalcomania, frequently used by the the Surrealists. Paint was brushed onto very smooth paper, which was covered immediately with another sheet of paper. The two pages were pressed together and then the top sheet was removed to reveal a spongy-textured and highly suggestive surface. The subject of the picture was inspired by the images the artist could 'read' into the textured paint. Hugnet has satirically titled his work a portrait of Albertus Magnus, a thirteenth-century, German theologian and alchemist who was a hero of the Surrealist group.

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  • title:
    Portrait automatique de l'automate d'Albert-le-Grand [Automatic Portrait of the Automaton of Albertus Magnus]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3988
  • artist:
    Georges HugnetFrench (1906 - 1974)
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  • materials:
    Ink on paper
  • date created:
    1938
  • measurements:
    37.90 x 29.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • copyright:
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.

Georges Hugnet

Georges Hugnet