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Mennon and Butterflies

Kurt Seligmann

Contemporary Art

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.
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
CREDIT LINE Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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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
IMAGE overall, 2004.30.19.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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Mennon and Butterflies