Georges Hugnet / Surrealist Couple / 1935 - 1936Georges Hugnet
Surrealist Couple
1935 - 1936

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Creator Name: Hugnet, Georges
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1906 - 1974
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Georges Hugnet
Title: Surrealist Couple
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1935
Creation End Date: 1936
Creation Date: 1935 - 1936
Object Type: Mixed Media
Materials and Techniques: collage mounted on coated white wove paper
Dimensions: H.9-3/4 x W.9-1/8 in. (image)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 97.20.3
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund
Copyright: ? Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Surrealist Couple is a prime example of Surrealist collage. As a poet, playwright, art critic, and graphic artist, Hugnet was a prominent member of the Surrealist group from 1932 until 1939. His favorite medium was photo-collage, where he would collage together photographs taken from magazines and newspapers. Yet instead of allowing us to recognize the objects and images, he emphasizes their strangeness and incompatibility. The head of the man is a top hat settled on top of a bowler, while his body is a cut-out photograph of a doorway. The woman's costume consists of photographs of dresses and an illustration of a fantastic headdress. The termite mound behind them is equally as disconcerting. Like a dream, the image thwarts all attempts at rational discourse.

AMICA ID: MIA_.97.20.3
Component Measured: image
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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