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Between and Mortarboard

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Thus, she would come, escaped, half-dead to my door

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Thus, she would come, escaped, half-dead to my door

Patrick Caulfield

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
screenprint on paper

16 1/8 in x 14 3/16 in (40.96 cm x 36.04 cm);24 in x 22 1/16 in (60.96 cm x 56.04 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick

Subject matter
Eleventh in a series of twenty-two screenprints by British Pop artist Patrick Caulfield, this print accompanies a book of poems by the French poet and art critic Jules Laforgue. An almost identical scene is depicted in the previous print in this series "Oh! If one of them, some fine evening, would try" (UMMA 2004/2.80.10).
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 poet's 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 depicts a wall-mounted coat rack, depicted with black-outlined grey zig-zag bars that connect to three yellow spheres above, and two red spheres below. There is a light grey shape hanging over the center sphere. The background is uniformly colored a peachy-beige. The print is signed and editioned in pencile (l.r.) "Patrick Caulfield AP".

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
artist's proof

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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2 Related Resources

(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Visual Adaptations of Poetry
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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