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Improvisatie (Improvisation)
  • Edmond van Dooren
    born: Antwerp, Belgium ; died: Antwerp, Belgium ; active: Belgium
  • Improvisatie (Improvisation), 1920–1921
  • Where object was made: Belgium
  • linocut
  • Paper Type: beige machine-made laid
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 175 x 220 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 6 7/8 x 8 5/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 225 x 294 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 11 9/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0001
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Machine in a Void: World War I & the Graphic Arts," Mar-2010, Steve Goddard
Van Dooren's Improvisation heralds the modern metropolis with its aerial motor-routes and pulsing rhythms. Van Dooren participated in the activities of the leading avant-garde groups in post-war Antwerp: Moderne Kunst (Modern Art), Het Overzicht (The Overview), and Ça Ira! (That'll do!-an idiomatic phrase with the sense of "there is hope"). This is one of eight linocuts by van Dooren that was issued in a portfolio published by Het Overzicht, with an introduction by the radically aligned poet and critic Victor J. Brunclair.