Jean Crotti
Portrait of Edison 1920

Artwork details

Jean Crotti 1878–1958
Portrait of Edison
Portrait d'Edison
Date 1920
Medium Gouache, watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 489 x 645 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1978
Not on display

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A strand of Dada production was associated with an ironic and subversive view of science.
Jean Crotti and Suzanne Duchamp infused much of their work with this attitude, which brought them close to Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia. Crotti’s Portrait of Edison may both celebrate and subvert the reputation of Thomas Edison, the great inventor associated with electric lights, telephones and recording. The phonograph especially seems to be deconstructed in the lower part of the composition.

July 2011

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