Collage composed of gouache on cut-and-pasted, wove, corrugated, and foil papers, laid down on cardboard
Signed, titled, and dated, along bottom: "Mesens / ALPHABET SOURD (encore) / ET (toujours) AVEUGLE 15/1957"; inscribed, verso: "At the entry of this work / in the collection of Edwin / and Lindy Bergman, I / make the promss [sic] to give / them a collage when they / will already possess five / of them. Bargain or joke? / But very sincerely / E.L.T. Mesens / 13th May 1959 (line through) / 13th April 1959"
Dawn Ades, with Margherita Andreotti and Adam Jolles, Surrealist Art: The Lindy and Edwin Bergman Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1997), pp. 197-98, cat. 98 (color ill.).
Paris, Galerie Furstenberg, “Une Exposition de Collages par E.L.T. Mesens,” 1958, cat. 27.
Brussels, Palais des beaux-arts, “E.L.T. Mesens: Collages,” 1959, cat. 59.
Sold by Galerie Furstenberg (Simone Collinet), Paris, to Lindy and Edwin Bergman, Chicago, 1959; given to the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018.
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