Pierre AlechinskySomething of a World 1952

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Artist
Pierre Alechinsky (born 1927)
Title
Something of a World
Quelque chose d'un monde
Date 1952
MediumEtching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 247 x 349 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Reference
P77241
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In the upper part of Something of a World the artist transcribed his own poem in mirror-image with both hands simultaneously. The personal quality of hand-writing greatly appealed to CoBrA artists. ‘The important thing,’ Alechinsky wrote, ‘is to discover an inner script ... with which we can explore ourselves organically.’ Alechinsky said that he painted as if he was a spinning-top, unable to control his own movements. This is evident in The Night in which twists and twirls of white on a black ground evoke luminous night forms.

July 2005

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