by Jose van Kleef
Sirens dancing, playing music, double recorder and harp.
English c. 1300 Bestiary.
Mermaids - sirens - monster fish
France c. 1450-70
Camille Pissaro - Self Portrait
Dry point aquatint 1890
Charles Emile Jacque
Lacquered Box 1929 Palekh
Illustrations by B Zabirokhin from White Swan - Russian Fairytales
The Combat; Angel or Devil
Pen, ink and wash
This drawing depicts a dramatic nightmare battle between an angel and a devil. The mysteries associated with the night fascinated the British artist Paul Nash (1889-1946). He explored the notion that sometimes only the trees witnessed events that took place after dark.
In an accompanying poem Nash describes this scene.
‘A place of gibbet-shapen trees and black abyss
Where gaunt hills brooded dark and evil
Girdled by dense wet woods and rushing streams
A dread place seen only in dreams
Of which there is no history but this
That on yon’ stony tor
An angel fought a devil.’
Vladyslav Yerko from The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho ~ via