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Her handkerchief swept me along the Rhine

Accession Number
2004/2.80.4

Title
Her handkerchief swept me along the Rhine

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
Fourth in a series of twenty-two prints, this work 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 has a flat, graphic image of a clear wine glass with a napkin folded inside. There is a strong horizon line, two-thirds the way down the print, that recedes off to the right. The glass and napkin are both outlined in thick black lines. While the napkin is colored white, the rest of the print is a dark green, including the glass. 

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Pop (fine arts styles)
artists' books (books)
handkerchiefs
napkins (culinary textile)
poetry
portfolios (groups of works)
riverbanks
screen prints
wine glasses

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