Dreams of Desire 41 (Trouille’s Funeral)

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Clovis Trouille-Mes Funerailles 1940

The Sunday Surrealist artist Clovis Trouille (Dreams of Desire 8 (Oh! Calcutta! Calcutta!)Dreams of Desire 9 (Italian Nun Smoking A Cigarette) and Dreams of Desire 10 (Sisters of the Immaculate Silk Stockings) painted a number of canvases on the theme of his funeral. Mes Funerailles from 1940 is almost austere by the standards of Trouille’s overheated and frenzied oeuvre with its riot of colour and sleazy psycho-sexual fantasy.

Trouille brings into play the talents deployed in his day job as department store window dresser and mannequin restorer in the simple yet striking tableaux, bringing to the fore all the potential theatrically inherent in our own imagined funerals. As always with Trouille he dreams of that sensuality without censure that is only found in the imagination.

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48 thoughts on “Dreams of Desire 41 (Trouille’s Funeral)

    1. A Sunday painter or writer refers to an artist who just does it as a hobby, they have a job and only practise their craft on the week-ends-hence Sunday artist. The most famous example would be Henri Rousseau. Trouille is a fine Sunday painter-I love the style. Well fashions change but something’s never do

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      1. True I was talking about the first professional writer who lived on the income earned by the pen. I think Dr Johnston was the first. Of course it has been a noble and ancient vocation since Odin or Hermes gave us the power of letters.

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    1. Yes it is Monsieur Trouille funeral after all, hence the big T in the centre of the sash. They are indeed very distraught, however I think the state of undress is to honour his last request.i really like his work, though the paintings I have featured out his more restrained paintings believe it or not.

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  1. I like the darkness of this painting. What a lovely mind Trouille must have had in order to dream this up. It almost looks as if you can see the universe from the casket, a window of sorts. I wonder why the women are covering their eyes. Beautiful and captivating painting Mr. Cake. ~ Miss Cranes

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