2.8.10 Victorian Photocollage

The above photocollage created by Mary Georgiana Caroline in England during the 1860's serves as an example of obscure art from the Victorian era that is now gaining renewed interest in the art arena. Often, collage is thought to have been introduced by the cubists during the first years of the 20th century, but a current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays homemade art created by women in upperclass England during the Victorian era. Many of the photocollages from that era include cutout carte de visites and share several shared conventions, including the portrayal of vividly colored drawing rooms like that in the above image.

For me, the most interesting point concerning the renaissance of this old art is the fact that it remained hidden for so long. It suggests that women have a much greater role in art history that has previously been thought.

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