Marcel Mariën

Star Dancer

1991

Artist
Marcel Mariën 1920–1993
Original title
La Danseuse étoile
Medium
Starfish and plastic shoe on card
Dimensions
Object: 360 x 260 x 47 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist's estate 2005
Reference
T12051

Not on display

Display caption

Mariën published the first monograph about Rene Magritte in 1943 and became the principal historian of the Belgian surrealist group, as well as an associate of the Situationists. In his own photographs, collages and assemblages, Mariën continued the surrealist tradition of making unexpected combinations of objects to reveal hidden or poetic meanings. In Star Dancer, the addition of a toy shoe creates a visual rhyme between a starfish and the leg of a dancer.

Gallery label, August 2012