Art Book – Bonsoir: Ithell Colquhoun

Bonsoir by Ithell Colquhoun
AUTHORS: by Matthew Gale and Amy Hale
ARTIST: Ithell Colquhoun
ARTWORK: Bonsoir
EXHIBITION: Surrealism Beyond Borders
DIMENSIONS: 20 x 16.4 cm
MATERIAL: FSC certified paper and card
ISBN 9781849768306
PUBLISHER: Tate Publishing (2022)

The author writes: This beautiful and exciting book brings Ithell Colquhoun’s previously unseen story to life, with texts from leading experts on Colquhoun to contextualise the work.

In 1939, Ithell Colquhoun imagined Bonsoir as a Surrealist film. She constructed a storyboard using photographs cut from popular magazines, which remained unpublished until now. Employing Surrealist techniques, this collection of collages narrate a moment in time in which convention and ambiguity collide in the exploration of desire. You can see a series od images from the storeyboard on Tate’s website.

About Ithell Colquhoun

British surrealist poet, painter, and occultist Ithell Colquhoun (1906–1988) was a prolific artist, mystic, essayist, novelist, and poet whose overriding concerns were with spiritual transcendence and union with the divine energy that animated all matter. Marlow MossGluck and Ithell Colquhoun were living in Lamorna, a small village on the Cornish coast, in the far southwest of Britain.

Relatted Link

Queer Cornwall: Marlow Moss, Gluck and Ithell Colquhoun in Lamorna – a video by Tate Gallery