Femme et Oiseau: Evelyne Axell 1935 – 1972

September 10, 2013

Evelyne Axell

While searching for a picture called Femme et Oiseau (1937) by Leonora Carrington, I happened across some erotically-charged paintings by the Belgian artist, Evelyne Axell, someone I had never heard of and whose work I had never seen. Discovering her today I see as the kind of operation of chance – ‘as hophazards can effective it’ (FW 615.7-8) – that ranks with me opening an unread book at random yesterday to be confronted with the chapter title, ‘Thou Art a Goose’. While yesterday I found a ‘cosmic echo’ with my ongoing goose obsession (see recent posts here and here on this blog), drawn from an episode in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, I do marvel at – and mourn – the fact that today is actually the 41st anniversary of the tragic and untimely death of Evelyne Axell on 10th September 1972.

After abandoning a career in acting in 1964 and enlisting the Surrealist painter, René Magritte, to be her artistic mentor, Evelyne Axell developed to be described as L’ Amazone du Pop Art. Below is a self-portrait called Autoportrait à l’oiseau vert ou Femme à l’oiseau vert (1962) retrieved from here.


Here are some more links about her





Un Frisson de la Vie:





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