Jirí Kolár
They Waver, but their Eyes Are Gimlet-Sharp and Gleam Like Holes where Water Sleeps at Night 1972

Artwork details

Artist
Jirí Kolár 1914–2002
Title
They Waver, but their Eyes Are Gimlet-Sharp and Gleam Like Holes where Water Sleeps at Night
Qu'ils sont, ils ont des yeux perçants comme une vrille, luisants come ces trous où l'eau dort dans la nuit
Date 1972
Medium Photograph and lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 265 x 390 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Rodney Capstick-Dale 1988
Reference
T05040

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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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