Jirí Kolár
They Pass before Me, Those Electric Eyes Some Abstruse Angel Must Have Magnetized 1972

Artwork details

Artist
Jirí Kolár 1914–2002
Title
They Pass before Me, Those Electric Eyes Some Abstruse Angel Must Have Magnetized
Ils marchent devant moi, ces yeux plein de lumières, qu'un ange très-savant a sans doute aimantés
Date 1972
Medium Photograph and lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 265 x 444 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Rodney Capstick-Dale 1988
Reference
T05031

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Kolár was both a visual artist and a writer, and in these works he pays homage to nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire whose portrait recurs in all of them. Kolár (pronounced to sound like ‘collage’) developed various different ways of combining imagery; he called this technique of interlacing vertical strips of two different images ‘prollage’. In each case the reproduced painting interwoven with the poet’s portrait reminded Kolár of a particular line from Baudelaire’s collection of poems ‘The Flowers of Evil’, from which the titles are borrowed.

January 2016

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