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Making circles on park lagoons

Accession Number
2004/2.80.9

Title
Making circles on park lagoons

Artist(s)
Patrick Caulfield

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
1973

Medium & Support
screenprint on paper

Dimensions
16 1/8 in x 14 3/16 in (41 cm x 36 cm);24 in x 22 1/16 in (61 cm x 56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick

Subject matter
Ninth in a series of twenty-two, this print is included in a book of poems by the French poet and art critic Jules Laforgue 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 is primarily in two colors: light and dark blue. On the right, there is partially visible a large rectangular structure, outlined in thick black lines and colored in the light blue. Only one corner of this object is visible in the print; the rest is cut off my the frame of the image. The print is inscribed by the artist in pencil (l.r.) "Patrick Caulfield AP".

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
artist's proof

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Pop (fine arts styles)
artists' books (books)
artists' proofs
lagoons (bodies of water)
parks (recreation areas)
poetry
portfolios (groups of works)
screen prints

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