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You’ll be sick if you spend all your time indoors

Patrick Caulfield; Frank Kicherer; Advanced Graphics ; Petersburg Press; Waddington Graphics

Artwork Details

You’ll be sick if you spend all your time indoors
1973
Patrick Caulfield; Frank Kicherer; Advanced Graphics ; Petersburg Press; Waddington Graphics
screenprint on paper
16 1/8 in x 14 3/16 in (40.96 cm x 36.04 cm);24 in x 22 1/16 in (60.96 cm x 56.04 cm)
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
2004/2.80.6

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Description

Subject Matter:

Sixth in a series of twenty-two, this print is included in a book of poems by the French poet and art critic Jules Laforgue and accompanied by screenprints by British Pop artist Patrick Caulfield. Admired by the artist, Laforgue was a nineteenth-century symbolist poet who was one of the inventors of vers libre or "free verse" poetry. This new form of poetic verse relied on the phrase as a unit rather than constraining the poetic verse to set numbers of syllables. Laforgue’s poetry became important for later poets like T.S. Eliot because of its blending of observations of everyday life with poetic associations. In this book, Caulfield used the long-dead poets verses as inspiration for twenty-two scenes, created in colorful screenprint. Of these prints, Caulfield noted that “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…”

Physical Description:

This print has a series of thick black lines arranged vertically in regular intervals, that are stoped at the top by a doubled diagonal line.  At the top center, there is a heart shape, outlined in black and colored in with a bright blue. The whole print, save the blue heart, is a dark hunter green.

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