a) Hope for a Villemot
Over the last few months I thought it would fun if it turned out that Giger had referenced the art of the poster artist Bernard Villemot at some point. He was well known for his Orangina adverts in the 1950s and went on to do posters for Perrier and Bally, although he had done posters for many companies and organisation and covered a wide range of products and subject for the time, before passing away in 1989. His artwork blended surrealism with the style of Henri Matisse creating wonderfully dreamy posters. I thought that something by him might be ideal for Giger to biomechanise, I looked and looked over time and found nothing that would connect.
Bernard Villemot's Paris 3.4.5 - Oct. 1955- VI Congrès International
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On 4th September 2016. I run a Facebook page for Bernard Villemot's artwork, I suddenly realised that I hadn't uploaded this poster for the Paris Congres International from 1955. the available images are small but I am perhaps terrified to see the similarity between its shapes and those of Necronom IV, is it coincidental? Perhaps I have had enough of this madness myself. The image has a large eye and a P shaped configuration body that holds a hat, and has many flags painted along it. Perhaps for Giger, the image could almost be merged with the lit parts of the Steiner-Prag illustration of the Golem's face and turned into something else merged with the idea of the Egyptian Eye of Horus/Wedjat symbol and some other things. How Giger should have come by the image is another big question but it could well have been an interestingly strange curiosity as an image for some people interested in this type of art back at the time.
|Giger's Necronom IV, acrylic on paper on wood. 100cm x150cm, 1976|
The Necronom creature has crossing lines on its shoulder and the Finnish flag is at the top of the central flags and the Norwegian flag at the bottom both with crosses, but the compositions reflect one another coincidentally or not. Is the pipe running across the side of the head really the white central bar in the Argentinian flag. Perhaps the back pipes are the Yugoslavian flag?
|hat and death baby|
d) Death Baby
Did the American flag turn into the ribs of the baby skeleton at the top of the tail/limb, which in essence is the hat with the top of the hat represented by downward curve between the skull and the ribcage of the baby, and the brim turns into an arm?
It is subjective.
|Necronom IV torso|