Kolář, Jiří / Collage
collage, paper, 32 × 22 cm, purchased in 2021 with funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture
This work belongs to Kolář’s so-called prolages – a form that involved interspersing one fragmentary visual motif with another. In this way, for example, the shapes of real objects were interspersed with the structures of images or with silhouettes of animals, birds, butterflies and plants; the fragments became visual symbols of history. This Collage comes from the large cycle Birds, in which Kolář uses silhouettes of birds with different visual contents and interpretations, mainly drawn from art history. For example, the silhouettes are filled with images painted by Henri Rousseau or more general historical signs such as the stained-glass art from a cathedral that is inserted into the body of an eagle.