Farandole—An Artistic and Literary Collaboration

Hans Hartung, French, 1904-1989
Untitled from Farandole
19-1/4" x 29-3/16"
Gift of Carl van der Voort, BA '53
© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

(April 14 – June 19, 2014)

Presented as a companion exhibition to History’s Shadow: German Art and the Formulation of Identity, Farandole brings together two European cultural figures of the latter part of the twentieth century, artist Hans Hartung (1904–1989) and novelist and poet, Jean Proal (1904–1969). Published in 1972 as a portfolio of lithographs by Hartung with an accompanying poem by Proal, Farandole plays a set of aggressive abstract images against a poem with equal amounts of force and presence. Farandole, the title of Proal’s poem and the collaboration itself, is taken from the name of an open-chain community dance popular in Provence, France.

Farandole—An Artistic and Literary Collaborationis organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director.