Raoul Ubac (French, 1910-1985)
Lithograph on paper
Pulled from Derriere le Miroir, no. 142
Published by Maeght Editeur, Paris
Raoul Ubac was a Belgian painter, sculpture, printmaker, and photographer who worked primarily in France. From around 1934 until 1942, he focused on photography, creating Surrealist photographs that he contributed to the art journal Minotaure, founded by Andre Breton. He is known for pioneering the experimental photography technique “heatage”, for which he heated the photographic plate, allowing the image to flow and the emulsion to melt. After the outbreak of World War II, Ubac’s work became more figurative and less abstract. He returned to painting, but also turned to printmaking, creating woodcuts, engravings and etchings. In 1961, Ubac collaborated on a stained glass commission for a church in Varengeville, France with renowned Cubist Georges Braque. Other projects of his include mosaics and tapestries that he created for the Maeght Foundation in 1967, and a 1969 tapestry design series for the Nouveau Palais de Justice in Lille, France. Ubac’s work has been collected and exhibited by numerous reputable institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Cobra Museum of Modern Art, among others.
- scratches to frame; minor marks and accretions to glass and frame.
- measures frame; sight measures 10.5" W x 14.5" H.