E.L.T. Mesens

Mouvement Immobile II


Not on display

E.L.T. Mesens 1903–1971
Original title
Mouvement immobile II
Acrylic paint and paper on board
Support: 251 × 327 mm
frame: 482 × 664 × 32 mm
Purchased 1970

Catalogue entry

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.

Published in:
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

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