An original collage from a new series by Simon Blake made from over 20 original hand cut pieces from a series of books titled 'The History of France' published in London, 1883 by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 188 Fleet Street, London. Each original piece is made up of numerous found images taken from the same source material, which is then precisely hand cut with carbon scissors and medical grade scalpel blades to create a new narrative based on the elements gathered together. The main center scene compromises scenes from the trial of Vercingetorix. It was a simple two figure page. I then added two scene panels either side to build it out. Once I did this, I wanted to create more tension and sense of drama to the scene by adding the listening and observing center medieval king, foreground monks and a series of figures to the right. I found a dramatic pointing queen-like figure, along with numerous other accusatory groups and separate crowds to heighten the scenes tension and passion. It is interspersed with cloud and texture elements, blended to to create a seamless whole.
Vercingetorix was a king and chieftain of the Arverni tribe; he united the Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. At the Battle of Alesia, the Romans besieged and defeated his forces. In order to save as many of his men as possible, he gave himself to the Romans. He was held prisoner for five years. In 46 BC, as part of Caesar's triumph, Vercingetorix was paraded through the streets of Rome and then executed by strangulation on Caesar's orders. Vercingetorix is primarily known through Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War. To this day, Vercingetorix is considered a folk hero in Auvergne, his native region.
Original collage 14”x7.25”.
Vintage frame, 8ply archival mat and UV glass.
© Simon Blake 2019