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Some Poems of Jules Laforgue with images by Patrick Caulfield

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Some Poems of Jules Laforgue with images by Patrick Caulfield

Patrick Caulfield; Jules Laforgue

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
ink on paper

15 15/16 in x 14 3/16 in (40.5 cm x 36 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick

Subject matter
This book has a series 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 invetors 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
Bound book with 12 poems and 22 screenprints. 

Primary Object Classification
Bound Work

Primary Object Type

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Pop (fine arts styles)
artists' books (books)
portfolios (groups of works)
screen prints

4 Related Resources

(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Visual Adaptations of Poetry
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
CRC Classroom Resource: Art Books 
(Part of: CRC Classroom Resources)

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