Dreams of Desire 8 (Oh! Calcutta! Calcutta!)

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Clovis Trouille-Oh! Calcutta! Calcutta! 1946
Clovis Trouille was a Sunday painter who worked as a decorator of department store mannequins. After his work was spotted by Louis Aragon and Salvador Dali, Andre Breton declared Trouille a Surrealist. As well as sharing the Surrealist pre-occupation with eroticism his life long contempt for the Church rivalled even the most militant of the movement. The title is a pun, the French phrase ‘oh quel cul t’as’ roughly translates as ‘oh what a lovely ass you have.’

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15 thoughts on “Dreams of Desire 8 (Oh! Calcutta! Calcutta!)

  1. Lovely post on Clovis Trouille. “Oh! Calcutta! Calcutta!”, is a beautiful example of his work. The way he used color is wonderful, and let’s not forget his work with mannequins, how other worldly is that? ~ Mia

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