Prisme I

Accession Number

Prisme I

Nicolas Schöffer

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
screenprint on paper

22 in x 29 7/8 in (55.9 cm x 75.9 cm);26 5/8 in x 32 1/8 in (67.63 cm x 81.6 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Prisme I is an abstract, two dimensional print that creates a prismatic effect of multiple planes or dimensions. Grey, white, and blue rectangles collide and dark horizontal and vertical lines split the image up. Schöffer began making Constructivist sculptures in 1948 and carried the style into prints like Prisme I. He considered these works to illustrate "spatiodynamism" which is an intersection of space and dynamism. He was born in Hungary but was most active in Paris.

Physical Description
An abstract arrangement of geometric shapes that creates the prismatic optical illusion of multiple planes or dimensions.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Abstract (fine arts style)
modern and contemporary art
perspective (technique)
planes (mathematics)
space (composition concept)

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