HR Giger's Woman with Child, 1967 (work 72) references
A. Brusilov's "Des Visiteurs Du Cosmos" illustration?

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Woman with Child, 1967

a) Illustration for Spoutnik monthly magazine by A. Brusilov ( What has been interpreted by some as the signature A. Epychaob were revealed to be the Cyrillic letters А. Брусилов) for an article "Des Visitors Du Cosmos" published June, 1967. Unfortunately they made a mistake that looked as if they had claimed that this image was of a cave painting in Uzbekistan but apologised for the error in a following issue. Not everyone got the message. Probably would be nice to see more artwork by Brusilov because he put his images together in quite an interesting way.
b) As I can make out from comparing the images, HR Giger referenced the humanoid figure from this illustration in his work "Mother And Child" done that year, turning the head the other way around and transforming the whole thing into something else from his own imagination. The disk held in the hand turns mostly into a dark empty space, while the hand on the right transforms into the horizontal lines across the upper arm in Giger's picture.

Double page spread from "Des Visitors Du Cosmos"

c) A few years later, Von Daniken published the illustration in his book Gold of the Gods in the 1970s, going with the idea that it was actually a cave painting from Uzbekistan.

Dr. Saizev's "astronaut" as it appeared in The Gold of the Gods (p. 82).

d) More confusion comes with someone's claim that the illustration was based on a cave painting of which there is a photo which more likely appears to be based on the illustration. 

Perhaps the magazine illustration deserves all the attention it has had over the years despite the slight confusion it has caused. Perhaps the first thing that they should do when they invent a time machine and go back in time by 20,000 years to paint the image onto an Uzbekistani cave wall: 

See link for more abut this controversy /confusion

Supposed cave art


  1. Hello, I have found your wonderful blog through the article you mention and was just wondering if you knew the name of the person who did the illustration for the magazine story? I have looked everywhere but facts are sparse.

    1. So, the artist's name on the illustration in the magazine Spoutnik #1, from 1967 seems to be A.Epychaob, and one can see how the illustration looks a little bit inspired by Picasso's Guernica

    2. This site decided that this "A. Epychaob" name is cyrillic for A. Brusilov.