Lines and Thoughts
4 November 2016 - 21 January 2017
It seemed to me that the interrelation between these two sides: order in nature on the one side, and the human condition on the other, was the undefinable drama to be grasped, dealt with and communicated by me.
– Franciszka Themerson, Bi-abstract Pictures, 1957
l’étrangère is delighted to present a solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and calligrammes by Franciszka Themerson – a seminal figure in the Polish pre-war avant-garde. She developed her unique pictorial language during the shifting years of pre- and post-war Europe, having settled in Britain in 1943. Together with her husband, writer, poet and filmmaker, Stefan Themerson, she was involved with experimental film and avant-garde publishing. Her personal domain, however, focused on painting, drawing, theatre sets and costume design.