Fictional Aspects of a Fact


Felipe Jesus Consalvos (Cuban–American, 1891 – n 1960)


ca. 1920–1950


Mixed media


57 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches


Purchase with funds from Dan and Merrie Boone, Friends of Folk Art, Peggy and Rawson Foreman, Chuck and Harvie Abney, and Lynne and Jim Browne and gift of Fleisher Ollman Gallery

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Using found materials, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, a Cuban-American cigar roller, combined familiar images from pop culture into witty, sophisticated compositions that poke fun at politics and such cultural sacred cows as marriage and death. This life-size panel demonstrates how Consalvos propelled the early-twentieth-century homemaker’s craft of cigar-band art into the realm of modernist collage more often associated with Max Ernst, Hannah Höch, and John Heartfield. Political symbols, advertising images, and old family photographs are woven together into an intricate tapestry dominated by the image of a smiling, blue-eyed skeleton. Text clippings comment on nearby icons, adding another layer of meaning and reconfiguring the relationships between the images.