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Robert Klippel

Australia, United States of America

19 Jun 1920 – 19 Jun 2001

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Mixed media , Collage
    Materials used
    photomontage on paper on canvas
    151.5 x 242.5 cm sheet; 155.5 x 246.3 x 3.2 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, black ink "Robert Klippel 1979".

    Purchased 1980
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Robert Klippel Estate, courtesy Annette Larkin Fine Art

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    Robert Klippel

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  • About

    This collage is made from photographs taken from a nineteenth century book containing hundreds of finely detailed drawings of machines. Klippel cut and assembled the work, beginning with the vertical forms and building up the landscape section. The title 'Philadelphia' is taken from the frequent appearance of that name on the machine parts. In the late nineteenth century Philadelphia was the centre of an important industrial area in the United States of America. Klippel kept the name partly because of its mechanical associations and partly because of associations with works by Duchamp and Cézanne he had seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    An overwhelming surrealist/mechanist landscape, it is the largest and most important collage Klippel had so far produced, and a key work in the Gallery's representation of his art.

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 9 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 10 publications

Other works by Robert Klippel

See all 259 works