collection

Elba - St. Helena

  • 1987
  • René Daniëls
  • aquatint & etching on paper
  • (3x) 64,3 x 50,3 cm
    (3x): 72,9 x 62,9 x 2,8 cm (incl. lijst)
  • Location not on view.
  • Acquired in 1990
  • Inventory number 1858

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Description

This work consists of three etchings, the left and the right of which depict the bow ties/room walls motif that often appears in Daniëls’s work from the 1985-1987 period. The work on the left also features what appears to be a top hat, while in the work on the right we can make out a flamingo and a pyramid. The etching in the middle depicts a zebra in a barren landscape. There appears to be a person imprisoned behind the stripes of the zebra. Given the title "Elba-St Helena", this could be Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled on the islands of Elba and Saint Helena. Consequently, the pyramid might refer to Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt.

[2020]

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