Moons (after Raymond Roussel), 217
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Hand painted Sumi ink with screen print on Coventry rag 335gsm paper

58.50 x 33.75 in

148.6 x 85.7 cm

Edition of 18

Signed, dated, numbered in pencil recto

PRICE: $6,000

58.50 x 33.75 in

148.6 x 85.7 cm

Edition of 18


    About The Work

    In 1934, an edition of Raymond Roussel's epic non-narrative poem, New Impressions of Africa, was published with a series of illustrations. In Roussel's prose and poetry, one imagines de Chirico-esque vacancies populated by impossible machines and humans performing unmotivated actions. The illustrator was Henri Zo. Roussel never met Zo. Zo never read the poem; and anyway the instructions for drawings that Roussel sent to Zo, through a detective agency, had a tangential connection to his already opaque poem. Roussel sent Zo generic phrases such as, 'Nocturnal landscape. Very starry sky with a thin crescent moon. (no people.)' Zo would send him an adequate illustration. These illustrations have a beautiful blankness to them, probably due to the lack of narrative information given to the illustrator who functioned as a police sketch artist trying to reconstruct Roussel's brain from disembodied fragments of thought.

    Courtesy of Carolina Nitsch

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