ARD 517- OCTOPUS ALCHEMY
1912
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ARD 517- OCTOPUS ALCHEMY

Seafood was a common element of the 17th century Flemish and Dutch still lifes. Shrimps, lobsters or crabs. They were a beautiful compositional element. They also showed off to the host’s wealth.

Beata Skorek: Still life with octopus
Beata Skorek: Still life with octopus and tomatos
Beata Skorek: Still life with octopus and oyster

Curiosity
During the preparations for these photos, many people knew who would be the main character of the photos. Almost everyone, when they found out about the octopus, made (almost automatically) faces and remarks (sounds) indicating disgust or slight fear of this animal. I began to wonder where this reaction came from and whether it was by any chance that the image of an octopus created by Howard Phillips Lovecraft was „uploaded” to our system. (1870-1937)
American writer, author of horror (weird fiction) and fantasy stories, creator of Cthulhu mythology. He is one of the precursors of science fiction, and the style created by him is referred to as Lovecraftian horror.

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