Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hat, camera, Saint-Exupéry


Hat, Camera, oil on card, 13 x 11.8 cm

There's an element in this field of quase-abstraction which I am pursuing, which is involved with visual puzzles, the relationship between titles and images, and our credibility. 

These aspects of picture making are delightfully conveyed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous picture of an elephant being swallowed by a Boa Constrictor, from Le Petit Prince. The picture at first appears to the narrator's childhood interlocutors to be a hat:

From Le Petit Prince, 1945


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