The Rijkscentrum Frans Masereel published this edition in a folder with five other prints of the following artists: Cobbaert, T. Tersas, F. Van Dijk, and J. Vaerten. At the request of the Rijkscentrum Frans Masereel, Broodthaers added a statement entitled "The Stolen Letter" to his print:
1. Deleted Passages hide some personal or political message or even an extraordinary story.
2. Departement des Aigles (Eagle Department): the word CODE appears above the stamp carrying this title. Would this be the sign of a communication for children or of the reading of a letter by Lacan. Does the envelope carrying an unstamped postage stamp contain a reply?
3. Comparison of stamps based on their colours. Comparison based on different periods and countries.
4. The artist's initials are placed on the left, on a small strip which is more black than the rest of the background serving as a label. The initials would thus be the essential element suggesting narcissism.
5. The initials also refer to a purely plastic interpretation as they are set apart from the describable subject (in the darkness of a fake passé-partout). Literature:
Marcel Broodthaers: Catalogue of the Editions, Prints and Books. Ostfildern-Ruit: Cantz, 1996. Catalogue no 13, pages 34-35
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