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Mennon and Butterflies
The well-known Surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann explored the potential of myth and whimsicality in works such as Mennon and Butterflies, where swirling, haunting forms in an undetermined space simultaneously constitute figures within the landscape and the landscape itself. “Mennon” refers to a type of butterfly called the “Caligo mennon” as well as to a king in Norse mythology who was the father of the god Thor. The vertical forms suggest the constant movement of a butterfly that, like the legendary Thor, covers many lands, even continents, on its life journey.
- Artist: Kurt Seligmann, Swiss, 1900-1962
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1942
- Dimensions: 49 x 58 1/2 in. (124.5 x 148.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 2004.30.19
- Credit Line: Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Kurt Seligmann (Swiss, 1900-1962). Mennon and Butterflies, 1942. Oil on canvas, 49 x 58 1/2 in. (124.5 x 148.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation, 2004.30.19. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Good (62%)