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Women's Work: Albums and Their Makers

Learn more about this exhibition: Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage on view at the Met February 2, 2010 - May 9, 2010: Ann Bermingham, professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara Sixty years before the embrace of collage techniques by avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century, aristocratic Victorian women were already experimenting with photocollage. The compositions they made with photographs and watercolors are whimsical and fantastical, combining human heads and animal bodies, placing people into imaginary landscapes, and morphing faces into common household objects. Such images, often made for albums, reveal the educated minds as well as the accomplished hands of their makers. With sharp wit and dramatic shifts of scale akin to those Alice experienced in Wonderland, these images stand the rather serious conventions of early photography on their heads. The exhibition features forty-eight works from the 1860s and 1870s, from public and private collections. Accompanied by a catalogue.
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