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She'll have forgotten her scarf

Accession Number
2004/2.80.17

Title
She'll have forgotten her scarf

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
Seventeenth in a series of twenty-two, this print accompanies a book of poems by the French poet and art critic Jules Laforgue and 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
In shades of blue, this print has a graphic, flat image of a polka dotted scarf. The fabric seems to be floating in the air, partially folded over. The background is a bright blue, while the scarf is colored in navy blue with light blue polka dots. The print is signed and editioned 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
poetry
portfolios (groups of works)
scarves (costume accessories)
screen prints

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