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You are free to choose any work from this course-specific collection of surrealist art from UMMA as the subject for your third essay (Visual Analysis).  You can also search through the UMMA Exchange to find a different work to analyze for your paper -- but in this case, please check in with me first about your intentions.

We will spend some time in class Wednesday, Sep. 30 reviewing and discussing some of the works from this collection, so please come to class with specific observations, questions, and/or reflections in mind to contribute to our conversations.


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South Polar Quadrille

Accession Number
1954/2.49

Title
South Polar Quadrille

Artist(s)
John Tunnard

Object Creation Date
1947

Medium & Support
ink, colored crayons, watercolor and gouache on white wove paper

Dimensions
15 1/8 x 22 1/16 in. (38.4 x 56 cm);26 1/8 x 32 1/8 in. (66.2 x 81.5 cm);15 3/16 x 22 1/8 in. (38.42 x 56.04 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
This imaginary depiction of the Antarctic landscape reveals Tunnard’s skills as a subtle watercolorist. The painter creates dazzling effects of light and transparency—from the iridescent effects of the aurora australis, rainbows, and constellations of the Southern Cross. The combination of strange, bonelike figures of indeterminate dimensions in an unfathomable setting evokes the mysterious worlds of Tanguy. A lifelong naturalist, Tunnard forged an otherworldly realm where dream and science intermingle.
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998

Primary Object Classification
Drawing

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.

Keywords
South Pole
Southern Cross
Surrealism
abstraction
aurora australis
automaton
mannequins (costume equipment)
modern and contemporary art
skeletons (animal components)

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