Banting, John (1902-1971), 'Untitled (Album of 12 Blueprints), Cyanotype, 1931-32

'Untitled (Album of 12 Blueprints), Cyanotype, 1931-32

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Signed and dated 1932 in black ink. Mounted onto grey/ brown paper. An edition of 100 was planned although only 14 sets from this series are known to have been printed.

In 1930 John Banting visited Paris, meeting Breton, Duchamp and Giacometti. After his exposure to Surrealism Banting became ‘the nearest thing to a Surrealist that Britain ever produced’. He exhibited at the International Surrealist Exhibition in London (1936) and the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in Paris (1938). The blueprint technique, which Banting used from 1931 onwards, was inspired by Max Ernst and his development of Man Ray’s photogram method.

Image SIze 32.4 x 20.2 cm
Mount Size 40.5 x 28.1 cm
Collection: British Museum
Literature: Carey & Griffiths, ‘Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960’, British Museum Publications Ltd, 1990, pp. 107-113

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