Dreams of Desire 41 (Trouille’s Funeral)

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.

Dreams of Desire 5 (That Look)


The cover for this late Surrealist publication with a pale skinned black clad model sporting a locket of Charles Baudelaire and a inverted crucifix prefigures the Goth look popularised  by the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees and Bauhaus over a decade later and which can still be seen today in many a shopping mall in or around major urban areas.