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Poetic Evidence, E.L.T. style, 1963

  • pencils (drawing and writing equipment), chalk, pastel (material), alcohol marker, paper, newsprint, hardboard
  • 749 x 495 mm
  • Inv. 1966-AE

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E.L.T. Mesens was a versatile artist who is best known as a publisher and organiser of exhibitions on surrealist art. He had a predilection for collages, which he created in a figurative or geometric abstract style. He used various elements from nature, the human figure, the written word or from the world of music as in Evidence poétique. In fact, Mesens was a composer before he began experimenting with visual art. His free style and playful humour give his work a freshness and directness that are reminiscent of Dadaism, which immediately preceded Surrealism.


Edouard Léon Theodore Mesens RKD VIAF Wikidata
Brussels 1903 - Brussels 1971
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Title Poetic Evidence, E.L.T. style
Date 1963
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings title top right: STYLE ELT
signatures (names) bottom left: Mesens
inscription and year bottom right: 23 / 1963.
Collection paintings AAT
Object type chalk drawings AAT
collage (technique) AAT
pencil drawings AAT
alcohol marker drawing
Inventory number 1966-AE
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1966-AE
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/2874/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300417511 abstract art (general art genre) AAT
300134149 nonobjective AAT
Keywords Iconclass 46D3 newspaper, news-sheet Iconclass
48C7 music Iconclass
48C731 string instruments (bowed) Iconclass
48C7311 violin, fiddle Iconclass
48C803 symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ musical drama Iconclass
49L16 letter combinations such as letterword, anagram, letter square, monogram, etc. Iconclass
49L17 initial Iconclass
49L2 pictorial and ideographic script Iconclass
School / Style Surrealist AAT
De jaren '60 : Kunst in België (tentoonstelling Gent, Sint-Pietersabdij, 22.06.1979 - 26.08.1979) / Kris Lenaerts, Karel Boullart, Jean Dypréau, Jan Hoet. - Gent : Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, 1979 (p. 178-179)
Het sterrenalfabet van E.L.T. Mesens : Dada & Surrealisme in Brussel, Parijs & Londen (tentoonstelling Mu.Zee-Kunstmuseum aan zee, 06.07 - 17.11.2013) / Phillip Van den Bossche, Erich Weiss, Anouck Clissen, Christiane Geurts-Krauss, Virginie Devillez, Nele Bernheim. - Oostende : Mu.ZEE, 2013
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