HR Giger: Mickey Mouse referenced in Wifredo Lam's
"Femme-Cheval" which is referenced in Ernst Fuchs' "Triumph of the Sphinx", and Giger references all of them in Necronom IV?


leading from  

a) Mickey in Necronom IV pt1
I had decided that Mickey Mouse appears to be a point of reference for Giger's Necronom II and such cartoon characters have turned up in one form or another in various paintings, I've had to look at Necronom IV and consider that Mickey Mouse was also a point of reference for this one too. 

People have already made illustrations of Mickey Mouse as an Alien or Necronom IV turned into a Mickey Mouse, so it's hard to say that it must be true as a new realisation from one's own mental associations. 

But looking to make a comparison, the buttons on his trousers, become the eyes beneath the Necronom's shoulders but the breasts from Wifredo Lam's Femme-Cheval are also the eyes beneath the Necronom's shoulders , and so is the breast from Triumph Of The Sphinx by Ernst Fuchs.

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse
b)  Mickey in Necronom IV pt2
Should there be a specific Mickey Mouse illustration to look for? 

I am not sure that there is one but this Micky Mouse serves as a good example even if it's not from the right time.

Mickey Mouse's nose becomes the black eye goggles of the Necronom which could be compared to the Zeta Reticulans eyes from the film "The UFO Incident". 

The pipes hanging in a downward curve from the side of the Necronom's head might in this case be Mickey's smile.

The cheek from the side of Mickey Mouse becomes the oval space which I normally consider to be an eye space beneath the back of the Necronom IV's head, (we also have such a significant oval space in the Wifredo Lam painting) and so left ear becomes the phallic tip at the back of the head and the top ear becomes the head of the baby like skeleton in the tip of the ear. 

Of course nothing has to be necessarily one thing or another, and shapes and forms can be freely displaced. Mickey Mouse has a tendency to outstretch his arms which might give half a clue as to why the Necronom is holding one of his arms out straight.

Wifredo Lam's "Femme-Cheval" (1948)

c) Mickey Mouse in Wifredo Lam's Femme-Cheval
Perhaps I would want to say that Giger had the idea of Mickey Mouse somewhere in the back of the mind, happy to see how he could bastardize the use of the character and wanted to see how it could be incorporated into the painting by being translated through hints of forms in other imagery. 

If we should discover that Wifredo Lam had Mickey Mouse in the back of his when he painted his Femme-Cheval, we might think that would mean the two sets of horns on the heads of his creature would be where Mickey Mouse's ears would be, and perhaps the eyes of Mickey Mouse led to the idea of the horn shapes

Or perhaps we might want to consider the horse head on the left of Wifredo's image as Mickey's left arm and the beard, the three lines along his gloves. Mickey's crotch becomes the inverted little Elegua spirit


Ernst Fuchs' "Triumph of the Sphinx" (1966)
d) Putting Ernst Fuchs' Triumph of the Sphinx in the chain.
Questions about whether Ernst Fuchs' Triumph of the Sphinx falls into this certain lineage after Lam, although it seems certain that Giger absorbed ideas from it into his Necronom IV.

But comparing Lam's and Fuchs' pieces of work here, Fuchs shows only on breast but from a side view, he embellished the inverted Elegua and changed it into two faces merged together.  

It's feet become the lip like formations forming the back of something almost like duck head at the lower left corner of Fuchs' painting.

The main oval space of left of Femme Cheval becomes the upper torso and shoulder of the sphinx, while the spikes on the right head become transformed into wings.

HR Giger's Necronom IV

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