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Specter of the Gardenia

In 1933, Marcel Jean joined the circle of Surrealist artists in Paris. Drawing upon ideas from the earlier Dada movement, Surrealists often incorporated found objects into their work. They were also profoundly interested in the unconscious and human psychology. This head, a plaster model that Jean covered in black wool powder, is made uncanny through its zippered eyes and filmstrip collar. The tactility of the materials evokes the eroticism that characterizes much Surrealist art.

Marcel Jean
French, 1900‒1993
Specter of the Gardenia
1936 (1972 edition)
Mixed media (wood filler, plaster, zippers, celluloid, felt, wood, oil paint, adhesive, suede, staples)
Edition 2/9
13 3/8 x 7 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (34.0 x 18.1 x 21.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.122

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