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    Playing with pictures: the art of Victorian photocollage

    Di Bello, Patrizia (2010) Playing with pictures: the art of Victorian photocollage. In: Scholars Day, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Synopsis of the accompanying exhibition: Sixty years before the embrace of collage techniques by avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century, aristocratic Victorian women were already experimenting with photocollage. The compositions they made with photographs and watercolors are whimsical and fantastical, combining human heads and animal bodies, placing people into imaginary landscapes, and morphing faces into common household objects. Such images, often made for albums, reveal the educated minds as well as the accomplished hands of their makers. With sharp wit and dramatic shifts of scale akin to those Alice experienced in Wonderland, these images stand the rather serious conventions of early photography on their heads. The exhibition features forty-eight works from the 1860s and 1870s, from public and private collections.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Research Centre: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 08:24
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 10:18
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8382

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