“Typographical artifices worked out with great audacity have the advantage of bringing to life a visual lyricism which was almost unknown before our age,” declared the avant-garde French poet Guillaume Apollinaire the year he made this work. Revolver is a study for one of Apollinaire’s *calligrammes*—poems in which words are arranged to create visual images that themselves reflect the content of the text. Part drawing, part verse, Apollinaire’s creation highlights the look of language and the meaning of form.

Submitted by Samantha Friedman, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints