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Metamorphose

Print
1934 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Print entitled 'Metamorphose' in the style of a photogram where objects are placed directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive paper then exposed to light, leaving a negative shadow image. The print features the forms of a coiled piece of paper, a reptilian skeleton, and a length of string. Signed and dated.
Inscribed on the reverse with notes, a second signature, and a Czech stamp.


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Print
Brief Description
Photogram print by Anton Prinner entitled 'Metamorphose'. France, 1934.
Physical Description
Print entitled 'Metamorphose' in the style of a photogram where objects are placed directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive paper then exposed to light, leaving a negative shadow image. The print features the forms of a coiled piece of paper, a reptilian skeleton, and a length of string. Signed and dated.

Inscribed on the reverse with notes, a second signature, and a Czech stamp.
Dimensions
  • Height: 431.8mm (Note: Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1939)
  • Width: 330.2mm (Note: Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1939)
Marks and Inscriptions
'3/30 / Prinner 34'' (Handwritten in pencil, below the print.)
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Anton Prinner (1902-83) was an artist and sculptor from Budapest who spent most of his life in Paris. From 1927, he transitioned from female to male and moved in artistic circles alongside other Constructivists and Cubists, notably Picasso, Árpád Szenes, and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. Picasso called him the "petit pivert" (little woodpecker) and would introduce him to people as 'the small man who makes large statues'. Between 1947 and 1949, Prinner illustrated sixty-six tablets of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. In 2019, the National Art Library acquired a copy of 'La Femme Tondue' (1946) containing 8 prints.
  • Another version of this print was sold at Rieunier & Associés S.A.R.L, Paris, in 2013, as a papyrograph with the title 'Squelette' and the date of creation given as 1935.
  • Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1939
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.323-1939

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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