HR Giger's National Park and
Jean Cocteau's "Reveries of Opium",
Children of Dali's "The Great Masturbator"

Dali's The Great Masturbator (1928) with detail, Cocteau's Reveries of Opium (1938), and Giger's National Park (1975)
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a)  5th of November 2015:, I come to terms with the possibility that that Giger has turned  the human uterus into a rollercoaster ride at a funfair, with all these strange ridges beckoning to be transformed into the track of something like a rollercoaster, with these curving pipes linking heads

b) 27th January, 2016: At the La Révolution surréaliste Facebook page, I discover an illustration by Jean Cocteau known as "Reveries of Opium", with ribbons turned into faces and it suddenly reminds me of the roller coaster landscape of National Park , especially with the vagina like form at the bottom right of Cocteau's drawing that turns up in the centre of Giger's painting.  And there is the close proximity of Cocteau's drawing's central face to the the central ribbon (which was an idea that he returned to occasionally as Orpheus with his lyre) comparable to Giger's helmeted face at the top left of the painting with a round helmet on staring at something with legs, and as noted elsewhere on this blog, I believed he used the face from the sphinx of Ernst Fuchs Triumph of the Sphinx instead. The letters "Paris 1938" become transformed into strange bean like forms

Jean Cocteau's Reveries of Opium (Source:

Orphée à la lyre... 1958. Jean Cocteau l'a réalisé aux crayons de couleurs
et à la mine de plomb sur papier. Actuellement présenté à la vente

Poster for La testament d'Orphée

c) Children of Dali's The Great Masturbator
Seeing Cocteau's drawing immediately reminded me of Dali's The Great Masturbator from 1928, which shows on one side a woman appearing to sniff the crotch of a man who has his underpants on. There is also an orchid shape at the base of her neck and this appears to have been included in Cocteau's drawing. The shape of her head behind her neck has been transformed into a face

c. i) Detail from Dali's The Great Masturbator (1928) and Jean Cocteau's
"Reveries of Opium"

c. ii) Dali's The Great Masturbator (1929)

c. iii) Dali's woman inhaling the man's genitals, the Cocteau face by a ribbon of
paper and the Giger head facing insect grub like form with legs.

c. iv) Giger has merged the big eye in Dali's painting with the lily from Cocteau's
image. Took the eyelashes from Dali's painting and transformed them into a
ribbed comb like form. The writing "Paris 1938" abstractly transform into the
row of beans when merged with other details from the painting. (See c.vii below)
c. v) In Giger paintings, the locusts head becomes the pale three eyed head with
the spikes coming out of it on the left, it's antennae become the spikes running
through it which become reflected and the geometric lines going across the
locust's abdomen becomes the pipes entering the head on the right side of
Giger's painting. The locust's front left turns into a spike entering the beaked skull
and another spike that goes up the the left and ends shortly. It's back legs
become the lower metal pipe that suddenly runs vertical before the head

c. vi) The lily like white ring shape becomes one end of the phallus being held
under the arm and the yellow curl nearby beneath a minute blue oval space
becomes the back of the phallic shape with the groove running down beneath
turning into the pipes stretching across the right side of the above image.

c vii) The lily like form with the woman's hair merging with its top becomes the
beaked skull pierced with the bone, inspired by another Dali illustration. The eye
of the skull becomes the circular form of the inner part of the lily while the
shadow of its stamen transforms into the shadowy interior of its ear. The lily also
becomes the strange bean with a cross shaped vaginal opening and the shape
above it transforms into another bean.  
(see also: face mutating into bird skull by way of Salvador Dali)

c. viii) The abstract rounded form with a hole in it becomes the shape of the
crouched human being, the shadowy division on the left becomes his legs.
The branches on the right become the gun and the spikes emerging from his

c. ix) The same shape as above from the Dali painting inspires the egg head
shaped form. Perhaps the oval space with the branch segement going towards
the right of it turns into the earphone worn on the side of the skull. The oval
space also transforms into the curve of the breathing pipe.

c. x) The yellow coil detail transforms into the pipes in the side the upper skull, the
leg has transformed into the head itself, and the yellow tendrils on the leg,
transforms into the bottom of the entity's face and the breathing pipe which goes
the other direction for the sake of space in the painting. Perhaps the blue oval
space turns into the closed eyelid that reflects light

c. xi) The pebble turns into a crash helmet, the shadow on the left of it transforms
into a serpent head
c. xii) The on strand of the black bristle like hair turns into the spiky ear of this
strange head. The rounded form which the multicoloured bristles outline become
the rounded mask on the grotesque face here.

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