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print - Metamorphose
  • Metamorphose
    Prinner, Anton, born 1902 - died 1983
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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1934 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Prinner, Anton, born 1902 - died 1983 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TOPIC, shelf 15, box LGBTQ

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.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1934 (made)


Prinner, Anton, born 1902 - died 1983 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'3/30 / Prinner 34''
Handwritten in pencil, below the print.


Height: 431.8 mm, Width: 330.2 mm

Descriptive line

Photogram print by Anton Prinner entitled 'Metamorphose'. France, 1934.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Anton Prinner (1902-83) was an artist and sculptor from Budapest who spent most of their life in Paris. From 1927, they 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.
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




Printing; Photogram

Subjects depicted

Reptiles; Skeletons; Amphibians; Trans


Prints; LGBTQ


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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