Collage by Toyen

Double Sided Collage Recto-Toyen 1970
Double Sided Collage Recto-Toyen 1970
Double Sided Collage Verso-Toyen 1970
Double Sided Collage Verso-Toyen 1970

During the 1960’s and 70’s the Czech Surrealist Toyen gradually abandoned painting and concentrated on producing exquisitely dreamy drypoints and double-sided collages notable for their visual wit, conciseness and razor sharp composition.

As I have noted in a previous post Toyen lived in Andre Breton‘s studio after his death in 1966. Located slap bang in the middle of the red-light district I always fondly imagine that the elderly but still subversive and transgressive creator of these collages and the illustrator of Edition 69 would have been quite content in such a spot.

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “Collage by Toyen

    1. She had done collages from the 1920’s onwards, which are different from these (more of the Czech style of collage) but different media have a different aesthetic. The dry points are exquisite from the same period. Age was probably a factor in switching from painting.

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      1. It is quite a diverse range. And the composition very much reflects the age in which it was produced. It is always interesting to see an artist in different stages of life, happiness, maturity, etc and how it imprints on their work.

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