Peter BLAKE, Leo 79 [38/75] Enlarge 1 /1


Great Britain born 1932

Leo 79 [38/75] 1969
Collection Title: from Six French Postcards
Materials & Technique: prints, Stencil Photo-silkscreen bleed print, printed in a sepia ink. Support: Medium- weight brown card.
Manufacturer's Mark: none.
Impression: 38 of 75
Edition: Edition of 75.

Primary Insc: Signed l.r, in black ink " Peter Blake 1969; inscribed l.l ,in black ink " 38/75"
Secondary Insc: Printed text as part of composition l.l, " Leo/79".
Tertiary Insc: verso: l.l, in pencil "2920" [encircled]; l.r, in pencil "1977.628.9".
Dimensions: sheet 27.2 h x 42.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1977
Accession No: NGA 77.628.9

These photo-silkscreen images were appropriated from 19th-century postcard erotica.  The status of these works remains profoundly ambiguous simply because they are presented as found objects, contextually dispossessed, unglossed and uninflected, apart from the fact that they have been enlarged. We are also faced with the contradiction of works that so clearly appear to be photographs, but which, in fact, are not.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra