E.L.T. Mesens 1903-1971
T01261 Mouvement Immobile II
(Movement Immobile II) 1960
Inscribed '36 | 1960' b.l. and 'Mesens' b.r.; also '"MOUVEMENT IMMOBILE" (II) | No. 36 1960 | E.L.T. Mesens' on back
Papier collé and watercolour on cardboard, 14 x 20 1/2 (32.5 x 52)
Purchased from the Grosvenor Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1970
Prov: With Grosvenor Gallery, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Mesens, Grosvenor Gallery, London, February 1961 (28); Vijf Belgische Schilders uit Londen, Zaal CAW, Antwerp, April-May 1961 (41); Cinq Peintres Belges de Londres, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, May-June 1961 (41); Five Belgian Painters from London, Grabowski Gallery, London, June-July 1961 (47); Grabowski Gallery, Bournemouth, August-October 1961 (47); The Belgian Contribution to Surrealism, RSA, Edinburgh, August-September 1971 (67)
The letters of the word 'Mouvement' are pasted at different angles to suggest movement and are on a reddish background which has something of the character of fire and smoke, whereas the letters of 'Immobile' are in a rigid straight line along the bottom, against a blue-green background.
His earlier version of this theme (reproduced in colour in Studio International, CLXXXIII, 1971, p.153) is entitled simply 'Mouvement Immobile' and inscribed '32/1960'. It has the letters pasted over a background made up mainly of the pages and covers of GPO postage stamp booklets.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.508-9, reproduced p.508