Sunday, 15 February 2009

A Winged Kiss

Everyone familiar with both non-fictional and fictional books on vampires will probably have seen a few of Max Ernst'st striking and surreal collages from Une Semaine de Bonté of persons with bat wings, in particular the one shown below.

Recently, an exhibition of Ernst's works opened at an art museum here in Denmark. I look forward to going there, and perhaps also seeing some of those famous collages exhibited, who knows. The exhibition earlier on was shown in Stockholm, Sweden. Those of us living in the area now have an opportunity to see a unique retrospective of the various phases of Ernst's work, Dream and Revolution.

Actually, just last year another artist whose works sometimes is used to illustrate vampire and horror books was exhibited here in Denmark, Felicien Rops.

2 comments:

Amateur Vampirologist said...

That image serves as the front cover for the hardcover version of Christopher Frayling's Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula (1991).

The question is, does it depict a vampire...or something that looks like one?

Niels K. Petersen said...

I visited the exhibition yesterday, and all the original books were on display, although only showing a few examples, one of which did indeed include a woman with bat wings :-)

The whole set of surreal collages by Ernst is still available from Dover Books.

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