The Textual-Visual Collaborations of Blaise Cendrars

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Blaise Cendrars’s collaborations with Sonia Delaunay, Fernand Léger and others rank amongst his most innovative and distinctive creations. Rather than conventionally illustrated books, these are ‘iconotexts’ that employ the text and images as interrelated elements cohabiting in the same discursive space. Employing techniques of collage and montage, they import tropes from painting, photography and cinema as literary practices while treating words as a visual medium. By analysing some key examples, this illustrated talk explores some of the most significant ways in which the visual arts shaped Cendrars’s oeuvre.
Period7 Feb 2022
Held atCourtauld Institute of Art , United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Blaise Cendrars
  • Fernand Léger
  • Sonia Delaunay
  • 20th-century French literature
  • 20th-Century French Painting
  • 20th-Century French poetry
  • Abstract art
  • book illustration
  • artists' books
  • Frans Masereel
  • Text-image relations
  • Ekphrasis