Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Final Drawing for Phenomena by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1938

This amazing painting by Pavel Tchelitchew was mentioned in a comment on the previous post. The cloud emanating from the volcano on the right bears an uncanny resemblance to a mushroom cloud with a face although it was painted several years before Hiroshima. The entire painting evokes a sense of disaster and chaos and is filled with a myriad of disturbing details. A very curious painting indeed. I am tempted to describe it as a sort of post apocalyptic Heironymus Bosch.

Many thanks to Makifat for pointing out this fascinating painting and artist.

Be sure to visit Makifat's wonderful literary blog Bibliophilia Obscura for more revelations.

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