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Maker(s):Cornell, Joseph
Culture:American (1903-1972)
Title:Lovers of the Exact Hour, Cat Face, Tree
Type:Collage
Materials:Mixed media collage; photostat, masking tape, and inks on paper
Place Made:North America; United States; New York; New York
Measurements:Frame: 14 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 37.5 cm x 29.8 cm x 3.8 cm; Sight: 11 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 29.2 cm x 21.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE LABEL: back, lwr. l. (black ink): Joseph Cornell [in reverse]; (printed): xviij INTRODUCTION. / des plans qui la circonserivent que elle des [cut off]; TITLE: back, l. [vertical] (black ink): Lovers of the Exact Hour. [struck through]; LABEL: back, upp., r. (printed, black ink): 2C-111A (27XFC); LABEL: back, frame, r. (black ink): 27XFC;
Accession Number:  MH 2002.15.10
Credit Line:Gift of the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
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Description:
Brown tree branches with gold and orange leaves against a blue sky. At upper center, a color image of a cat’s is affixed. The face peers out from within a wooden (?) structure with a jaggedly-edged hole. The image is applied on top of the branches at right and bottom, but sits beneath a cut edge that traces the outline of the tree at left and top. An image of a conical shaped woven structure is affixed at lower center. An indistinguishable tan linear shape (perhaps a human figure) can be seen on its left edge. Frame: Dark wood frame with visible grain and a soft ogee profile. Back: Four piece of masking tape frame the edges. The background is a printed sheet from the Bulletin historic-pilologique, numbered 224, with references to “Musees asiatique et numismatique Séance du 10 (22) janvier 1851,” “Lecture ordinaire,” “Rapport,” “Proposition,” Correspondence.” A vertical rectangle of paper is affixed at upper left with an image of two brown owls sitting on a tree branch with a starry dark blue sky. Below this, a square of paper is affixed with an image of an eclipse on blue background with clouds at corners. Below this, and hugging the left edge, a vertical strip of paper stained blue with fragments of printed text. A striated vertical line of black ink is drawn over the background but under the affixed pieces along the left edge and borders a band of blue and gray watercolor. A rectangular image of a man looking through binoculars is at lower right.

Tags:
collages; cats; trees

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