Roland Penrose

Frottage

ca. 1932

Penrose was a leading English Surrealist artist, and active as a writer, gallerist, curator and collector. He experimented with the technique of frottage (from the French frotter, “to rub”), invented by Max Ernst: a means of eliciting accidental imagery by rubbing, with crayon or other material, on paper placed over a textured surface. While at a glance the forms in this work evoke natural earth patterns, the image remains enigmatic. In the summer of 1938 Peggy exhibited two paintings by Penrose in the Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at her Guggenheim Jeune gallery in London. In November that year Penrose curated for Peggy the Exhibition of Collages, Papier-collés, and Photo-montages, including three works by himself.

Artist Roland Penrose
Date ca. 1932
Medium Charcoal and colored crayons on paper
Dimensions 33 x 49 cm
Credit line Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Purchased with funds given by the Guggenheim Circle and Penny Borda, 2012
Accession 2012.112
Collection Acquisitions
Type Work on paper

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