Monday, April 26, 2010

Victorian Photocollage

There’s a show on right now at The Met in New York City called The Art of Victorian Photocollage I’d love to see. Apparently upper class Victorian women during the 1860s and 1870s were experimenting with collage by combining photos and watercolors like the two examples shown here. What is fascinating about this is that avant-garde artists like Braque and Kurt Schwitters who are considered to be the originators of collage—and the Surrealists—hadn’t even been born yet.
Obviously these women were well in advance of their time and it makes me wonder what those of us experimenting away in Photoshop will end up inspiring sixty years on down the line. Of course by then all art may be taking place inside our heads. But in the meantime, I thought I’d pretend to be an aristocratic Victorian photocollage artist—with a little help from Photoshop. (Wouldn’t those women have loved using it!)

13 comments:

me again said...

I believe this is coming to Toronto; Leslie has the scoop :-)

Leslie Jane Moran said...

Susan,
This really is Surreal. I was just telling Lennie about this installation today! You must inquire about the curators talk.

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
June 5–September 5, 2010

spindelmaker said...

Oh, I love the vibrance in your collage! The colors of the pedals are fantastic against the background!

Kristeena Crabb said...

I'm intrigued with this. It's almost Edgar Allen Poe-ish!

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

I just got the book from the exhibit! Love it!

A bird in the hand said...

I'm so happy to see you back.

And I thought the human head on a bird's body was a new thing... I would love to see the exhibition.

La Dolce Vita said...

ooohhh mee too lets go together! wouldn't this be fab to see!!??

martha brown said...

Very cool that this is coming to Toronto!

kelly@thebluemuse said...

Who knew... and we thought we were so innovative! What a great find!

azirca said...

What an interesting mix of medias, I love your piece of Victorian Photocollage.

Debrina said...

This is just marvellous and your collage is absolutely inspiring! I love your informative writing and this to me was a real "find". Well done!

indybev said...

Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

Supria Karmakar said...

Wow..that would be great if it was coming to TO..please do tell...Thanks for your recent visit to my blog...can't wait to see what other magical creations you create..they are divine.
supria