Illustration for
"Europ Assistance" (published 1981) by Moebius

leading from

a) This illustration came up in the Jean Giraud Moebius Facebook page posted by Claude Mazere and suddenly I noticed a certain busy nature of it which made me jump in and assume it was another one of these images based on the Henu Barque

Henu Barque from Papyrus of Ani
black and white image of the Henu Barque from the Papyrus of Ani 
(source: The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, The British Museum Press)

b) In comparison to the Henu Barque in terms of the composition structure:

The upper kestrel head becomes the raised hand.

The three sections of white piles of sand becomes three heads, one of the hat wearer standing up, another the head of the person with the raised hand, and the third is the head in the picture on the wall.

The frill around the upper kestrel head becomes the lines emanating from the head in the picture on the wall.

The oryx horns becomes the light shade.

The slope of the boat leading up to the oryx head becomes the staircase in the background.

Presumably the three rudders become the seated couple on the far right, but perhaps I would like to imagine that they have become the three buttons on the jacket of the person with the raised hand.

Crouching man's skirt turns into the details on the sleeves of the lower left man in Moebius' illustration.

Perhaps there are other possible comparisons to make. such as, one could say that the upper kestrel head with the frill around it became the lampshade, and that the oryx horns became the curved shadow in the window opening, but the points of comparison between this illustration and the Henu Barque is only rough, because Moebius would have just used the Henu Barque configuration as something to use to create an interesting image, and he would be free to displace things rather than make everything perfect as a Henu Barque.

c) Connecting it up with the Henu Barque trail:
I started looking back through my collection of other images from the Henu Barque trail and took note of Dali's The Painter's Eye which I noticed back on September 27th 2017, and later on October 3rd I noticed this painting itself appeared to reference a Joan Miro painting from 1940 called "Figures in the Night Guided by the Phosphorescent Tracks" which referenced Max Ernst's Celebes (See: Dali's “The Painter’s Eye” (1942) references the Henu Barque, and also Joan Miro's "Figures in the Night Guided by the Phosphorescent Tracks" (1940)?

Whole image of the Moebius illustration
posted by Claude Mazere at Jean Giraud Moebius Facebook


d) See: Illustration for "Europ Assistance" (published 1981) by Moebius references the “The Painter’s Eye” (1942) by Salvador Dali?


e) References Studio of Painter (1929) by E.L.KIrchner?

e.i) The background goes through a doorway into the distance on the left in both.

e.ii) Thus I would think that the back of the chair transforms into the back of the man with his face away from the window while the arm and the seat of the chair turns into the left man leaning on the windowsill, but one could also say that the person plucking the turkey becomes the same latter man.

e.iii) The person standing on the right with his arm raised has three buttons on his jacket as does the person with a raise arm.

e.iv) I would say that the pipes on the right perhaps becomes the frame of the portrait on the wall because of the overlapping head of someone with a three buttoned jacket in both.


f) See: References Death of Socrates by (1787) by Jacques-Louis David? (to come)


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  1. Name for this page has been changed from something convoluted to "Illustration for "Europ Assistance" (published 1981) by Moebius" on October 16th 2021