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Portrait of Guillaume Apollinaire

A work made of etching, drypoint, and aquatint in black on cream laid paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of etching, drypoint, and aquatint in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1912–20

Artist:

Louis Marcoussis
French, born Poland, 1878-1941

About this artwork

Apollinaire (Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky,1880- 1918), a poet of illegitimate birth and mixed Polish and Italian ancestry, settled in Paris and began signing his poems Guillaume Apollinaire in 1903. He mixed with a circle of artists and writers that included Picasso and the author Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), and became the lover of the painter Marie Laurencin (1885-1956). He edited a number of reviews, published satirical and semi-porno­ graphic texts, and proclaimed that the writings of the Marquis de Sade would dominate the 20th century. In 1918, Apollinaire died from wounds he suffered during the First World War. His stature as a forerunner of Surre­alism continued to grow after his death, largely due to the intense eroticism and highly original verbal and typographical styles that are the hallmarks of his work (see his Calligrammes, Paris, 1918).

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Louis Marcoussis

Title

Portrait of Guillaume Apollinaire

Origin

France

Date

1912–1920

Medium

Etching, drypoint, and aquatint in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

494 × 278 mm (image/plate); 615 × 445 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton G. Neumann in memory of Carl O. Schneiwind

Reference Number

1958.553

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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