torsdag 17 mars 2011

Sven Jonson, surrealist

I have to wonder if the Swedish painter Sven Jonson was a "Krazy Kat" reader...

Weird desert landscape, cacti, weird rock formations, and a weird moon in the sky... It is a bit Krazy, you have to agree, and Herriman's creation was popular among various intellectuals in different fields,  like the poet E. E. Cummings and the art critic Gilbert Seldes. Indeed, the strip has itself been labeled "surrealist".

Well, that needn't mean anything, of course. I just thought there were some interesting parallels between the painting and the Coconino County surroundings, parallels that just might be due to it being Krazy's surroundings that were viewed through the lens of another artistic temperament.

More Jonson paintings here. You can read about George Herriman, creator of "Krazy Kat", here.

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