Cecil CollinsThe Fool 1944

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Cecil Collins (1908‑1989)
The Fool
Date 1944
MediumRoneo print on paper
Dimensionsimage: 305 x 133 mm
Acquisition Presented by Elisabeth and Cecil Collins 1981
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Cecil Collins 1908-1989

The Fool 1944

In 1942 Collins began writing The Vision of the Fool. First published in 1947 this essay highlighted his vision of what he described as the ‘mechanical jungle of the contemporary world’ (quoted in Keeble, p.74). Throughout the essay Collins links the Fool with the ‘Saint, the artist, the poet’ (Keeble, p.81) as the saviours of life. He explains: ‘modern society has succeeded very well in rendering poetic imagination, Art, and Religion, the three magical representatives of life, an heresy; and the living symbol of that heresy is the Fool. The Fool is the poetic imagination of life, as inexplicable as the essence of life itself’ (Keeble, p.73)… (read more)

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