Patrick Caulfield

1. ‘Ah! This life is so everyday’


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Patrick Caulfield 1936–2005
Screenprint on paper
Image: 410 × 359 mm
Purchased 1976

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This set of 22 screenprints came about after Caulfield was invited in the late 1960s to make a limited edition book. Caulfield's chosen subject was the poetry of Jules Laforgue which he first encountered and admired as a student. Laforgue was born in Montevideo in 1860, but in 1876 moved to Paris where he died in 1887. Laforgue's poetry, blending oblique observations and associations, was an important influence on such later poets as T.S. Eliot. Of the prints, Caulfield observed: 'They are not illustrations but complementary images. There are few visually descriptive lines in Laforgue. The images suggest the things I have imagined the poet seeing when he wrote the poem...'

Gallery label, September 2004

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