Thursday, January 21, 2010

victorian collage at the Met

from the press release:
In the 1860s and 1870s, long before the embrace of collage techniques by avant-garde artists of the early 20th century, aristocratic Victorian women were experimenting with photocollage. Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art February 2 – May 9, 2010, is the first exhibition to comprehensively examine this little-known phenomenon. Whimsical and fantastical Victorian photocollages, created using a combination of watercolor drawings and cut-and-pasted photographs, reveal the educated minds as well as accomplished hands of their makers. With subjects as varied as new theories of evolution, the changing role of photography, and the strict conventions of aristocratic society, the photocollages frequently debunked stuffy Victorian clichés with surreal, subversive, and funny images


  1. I know I would have loved to be able to see this exhibit, as it sounds most interesting.

    Warmest regards

  2. How fortunate the people who live close enough to visit the museum. It sounds like this exhibit would be a lovely experience.

  3. oh how I would love to have seen this!!! wonderful post, thank you!


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