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Franciszka and Stefan Themerson

Two Pious Persons Making their Way to Heaven, one propellered, one helicoptered, with a little angel below

Franciszka Themerson, Two Pious Persons Making their Way to Heaven, one propellered, one helicoptered, with a little angel below  1951

By 1950 Franciszka Themerson had developed a distinctive painting style. She drew small figures into a surface covered in oil paint and placed them within abstract forms. Here, these flying figures refer to her experiences in London. She described spending ‘days in the City, having endless talks with bowler-hatted businessmen who introduced me to the fascinating games of small talk and avoiding issues’. She began to sketch them, putting propellers on their noses and letting them fly. She wondered, ‘how would all these little very important people behave in my abstract canvases?’.

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The Eye and the Ear

Franciszka Themerson, Stefan Themerson, The Eye and the Ear  1944–1945

The Eye and the Ear is the last film by the Themersons. The aim here is to translate sound into image. The film has four parts based on four songs by the Polish composer, Karol Szymanowski to Julian Tuwim’s poem cycle Słopiewnie. Each of the songs results in different sorts of imagery, from geometric forms to patterns of leaves and expanding and contracting waves.

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The Adventure of a Good Citizen

Franciszka Themerson, Stefan Themerson, The Adventure of a Good Citizen  1937

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Science and Technology I (radio-astronomy)

Franciszka Themerson, Science and Technology I (radio-astronomy)  1954

The Science and Technology series by Franciszka Themerson points at the interest that both the Themersons had in science and its connections with art. This series shows human interactions with complex machinery. The drawings depict people engaging with a radio antenna, an electricity generator, a still for distilling spirits, and a machine for making tea. Several of these images were published in Technology magazine during 1959 and 1960.

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Untitled

Stefan Themerson, Untitled  1930, printed later

In the late 1920s the Themersons began to experiment with camera-less photography. Here, they used light, liquid, and in some cases branches of plants, to create abstract images. Photograms are made by laying objects directly on photo-sensitive surfaces and exposing them to light. In this case, Franciszka positioned objects on a glass shelf and moved the lights above. Stefan, lying underneath the glass shelf used a camera to photograph the arrangement from below. This process allowed the Themersons to create multiple prints of the abstract compositions.

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Cityscape

Franciszka Themerson, Cityscape  c.1950

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Soldiers Marching on a Beach

Franciszka Themerson, Soldiers Marching on a Beach  1946

This drawing belongs to a series of watercolours and gouaches begun in 1945. At the end of the Second World War, Franciszka Themerson had returned to making paintings. The series depicts townscapes, seashores and refugee figures. The bright colours are a new departure for the artist, but the subject matter continues to allude to the tragedies of the recent past.

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Untitled

Stefan Themerson, Untitled  1928, printed later

In the late 1920s the Themersons began to experiment with camera-less photography. Here, they used light, liquid, and in some cases branches of plants, to create abstract images. Photograms are made by laying objects directly on photo-sensitive surfaces and exposing them to light. In this case, Franciszka positioned objects on a glass shelf and moved the lights above. Stefan, lying underneath the glass shelf used a camera to photograph the arrangement from below. This process allowed the Themersons to create multiple prints of the abstract compositions.

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Frame from The Eye and the Ear

Franciszka Themerson, Stefan Themerson, Frame from The Eye and the Ear  1945, printed c.1950s–1970s

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Science and Technology IV (the tea break)

Franciszka Themerson, Science and Technology IV (the tea break)  1954

The Science and Technology series by Franciszka Themerson points at the interest that both the Themersons had in science and its connections with art. This series shows human interactions with complex machinery. The drawings depict people engaging with a radio antenna, an electricity generator, a still for distilling spirits, and a machine for making tea. Several of these images were published in Technology magazine during 1959 and 1960.

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Science and Technology II (distillery)

Franciszka Themerson, Science and Technology II (distillery)  1954

The Science and Technology series by Franciszka Themerson points at the interest that both the Themersons had in science and its connections with art. This series shows human interactions with complex machinery. The drawings depict people engaging with a radio antenna, an electricity generator, a still for distilling spirits, and a machine for making tea. Several of these images were published in Technology magazine during 1959 and 1960.

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Untitled

Stefan Themerson, Untitled  1928–9, printed later

In the late 1920s the Themersons began to experiment with camera-less photography. Here, they used light, liquid, and in some cases branches of plants, to create abstract images. Photograms are made by laying objects directly on photo-sensitive surfaces and exposing them to light. In this case, Franciszka positioned objects on a glass shelf and moved the lights above. Stefan, lying underneath the glass shelf used a camera to photograph the arrangement from below. This process allowed the Themersons to create multiple prints of the abstract compositions.

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Science and Technology III (high voltage)

Franciszka Themerson, Science and Technology III (high voltage)  1954

The Science and Technology series by Franciszka Themerson points at the interest that both the Themersons had in science and its connections with art. This series shows human interactions with complex machinery. The drawings depict people engaging with a radio antenna, an electricity generator, a still for distilling spirits, and a machine for making tea. Several of these images were published in Technology magazine during 1959 and 1960.

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Struggling Figures in a Landscape

Franciszka Themerson, Struggling Figures in a Landscape  1946

This drawing belongs to a series of watercolours and gouaches begun in 1945. At the end of the Second World War, Franciszka Themerson had returned to making paintings. The series depicts townscapes, seashores and refugee figures. The bright colours are a new departure for the artist, but the subject matter continues to allude to the tragedies of the recent past.

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Two Pious Persons Making their Way to Heaven, one propellered, one helicoptered, with a little angel below
Franciszka Themerson Two Pious Persons Making their Way to Heaven, one propellered, one helicoptered, with a little angel below 1951
The Eye and the Ear
Franciszka Themerson, Stefan Themerson The Eye and the Ear 1944–1945
The Adventure of a Good Citizen
Franciszka Themerson, Stefan Themerson The Adventure of a Good Citizen 1937
Science and Technology I (radio-astronomy)
Franciszka Themerson Science and Technology I (radio-astronomy) 1954
Untitled
Stefan Themerson Untitled 1930, printed later
Cityscape
Franciszka Themerson Cityscape c.1950

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