G. Tkachenko: Bazaar in the inner city of Samarkand
from an early issue of “Soviet Photo” magazine (c.1920s)
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.’