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- Object: Football
An abstracted representation of a man holding a ball in one hand as two legs hurtle through the air towards him. c.1933-41
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Height: 325 millimetres
Width: 457 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Stephen Coppel, 'The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock', with the assistance of Jerzy Kierkuc-Bielinski, BMP, 2008, no. 93.
One footballer hurls the ball down the pitch, the other leaps up to block it. This lithograph shows the tension between the recognizably figurative and the more surrealist, abstract elements in Vogel's work. The footballers recall the free-floating biomorphic shapes used by Miró, while the floating mannequin-like female bust was also a popular surrealist motif. Nevertheless Vogel has also carefully observed details of American football, such as the studs on the boot of the horizontal figure and details of his helmet, as well as delineating the markings of the pitch itself.
Vogel used tusche for the solid black background while blocking out the white forms of the footballers and pitch. He worked over these areas with lithographic crayon, while other details, such as the profiles of the spectators, were scratched through the tusche onto the stone. The lithograph was published by the New York City WPA Art Project. An enlargement of this image served as the backdrop for a scene in Vogel's 1947 experimental avant-garde film House of Cards, which combined live action with animation.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008 April-Sep, BM, The American Scene, cat. no.93
2009 Feb-April, Nottingham, Djanogly AG, The American Scene
2009 May-Aug, Brighton Museum & AG, The American Scene
2009 Sep-Dec, Manchester, Whitworth AG, The American Scene
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- Acquisition notes
- Provenance.: the Meyer collection of WPA prints, Buffalo, New York (Howard, Cheryl and Harry Meyer)
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