For quite some time now, I observe some works of art that cover the books in my study, this during a siesta in which I do not succeed in sleeping. Having given up the notion of being a scholar, I rather look at them, than at books of which I have forgotten the contents…
Normally I have my nap somewhere in the beginning of the afternoon. Now and then, though, either writing of some other urgent occupation makes me postpone it.
In the day time I can see the following images:
And this one:
Obviously then Barion’s drawing of the little nude does not show any relief. The African mask as well as object made of porcelain, made by Haenen, by contrast show such relief quite consciously produced by their respective makers.
Haenen wanted to reproduce the effect of a sandy beach after the sea has withdrawn from it. The almost zebra-like slits in the mask both support the aggressive mouth as well as its more contemplative far-away eyes.
Now – yesterday, a November day, so darkness at six – I was lying on my couch and in order to feel safe like a little child I put on a new light, put there a few days ago. Striking the objects from the side, it shows the relief in the face of the mask and on the ceramic plate much more intensely.
But lo and behold!
All of a sudden, the drawing also turns out to be in relief. Not intentionally so, but by sheer accident of the confluence of two kinds of material: the deep-black Indian ink and the kind of paper used.
Over time, humidity made the paper ‘curl’ a bit, the bits of it touched and hardened by the Indian ink not being affected in this manner.
Instead of three works of art, I possess four of them – this for the same price.
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