Jirí Kolár
Your Bridegroom Roves, and your Immortal Form Keeps Vigil when He Sleeps 1972

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Artist
Jirí Kolár 1914–2002
Title
Your Bridegroom Roves, and your Immortal Form Keeps Vigil when He Sleeps
Ton époux court le monde, et ta forme immortelle veille près de lui quand il dort
Date 1972
Medium Photograph and lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 266 x 408 mm
frame: 540 x 692 x 16 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Rodney Capstick-Dale 1988
Reference
T05038

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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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