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That Hideous Strength - Artwork

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That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby Wood_Anemone » 19 May 2009, 21:45

Does anyone know the name of the artist, and the names of each of these art pieces? It may have been images from the mind of CS Lewis, but I have a friend who saw this art years ago.

The scene: Mark is placed into a room that is ill-proportioned; for example, the point of the arch above the door is not in the center. On the wall is a portrait of a young woman with her mouth open, and with her mouth full of hair. There is a picture of the Last Supper, distinguished especially by beetles under the table. There is a representation of a giant mantis playing a fiddle while being eaten by another mantis, and another of a man with corkscrews instead of arms.

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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby Sven » 19 May 2009, 22:54

Welcome, Wood Anemone!

I've moved your topic to the forum dedicated to the Space Trilogy. There's a better chance of an answer to your question there.
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby a_hnau » 26 May 2009, 21:03

Wood_Anemone wrote:Does anyone know the name of the artist, and the names of each of these art pieces? It may have been images from the mind of CS Lewis, but I have a friend who saw this art years ago.

The scene: Mark is placed into a room that is ill-proportioned; for example, the point of the arch above the door is not in the center. On the wall is a portrait of a young woman with her mouth open, and with her mouth full of hair. There is a picture of the Last Supper, distinguished especially by beetles under the table. There is a representation of a giant mantis playing a fiddle while being eaten by another mantis, and another of a man with corkscrews instead of arms.

Thank you for any help!!!

It's odd, isn't it - I have a vivid mental picture of each of these, and I'm sure I've seen art like this (works by Picasso, Dali, and some of the 'fantasy art' e.g. Rodney Matthews), but I'm fairly certain I've not seen the actual images Lewis describes. I tried quite a number of different searches on Yahoo (for both Web sites and images) and couldn't find anything that matched. I'll have another try and post again if I hit on something.

[Edit]Wups, forgot Bosch, of course!
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby Wood_Anemone » 28 May 2009, 17:27

a_hnau wrote:
Wood_Anemone wrote:Does anyone know the name of the artist, and the names of each of these art pieces? It may have been images from the mind of CS Lewis, but I have a friend who saw this art years ago.

The scene: Mark is placed into a room that is ill-proportioned; for example, the point of the arch above the door is not in the center. On the wall is a portrait of a young woman with her mouth open, and with her mouth full of hair. There is a picture of the Last Supper, distinguished especially by beetles under the table. There is a representation of a giant mantis playing a fiddle while being eaten by another mantis, and another of a man with corkscrews instead of arms.

Thank you for any help!!!

It's odd, isn't it - I have a vivid mental picture of each of these, and I'm sure I've seen art like this (works by Picasso, Dali, and some of the 'fantasy art' e.g. Rodney Matthews), but I'm fairly certain I've not seen the actual images Lewis describes. I tried quite a number of different searches on Yahoo (for both Web sites and images) and couldn't find anything that matched. I'll have another try and post again if I hit on something.

[Edit]Wups, forgot Bosch, of course!

:smile:
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby Kanakaberaka » 08 Jun 2009, 12:05

Wood_Anemone wrote:The scene: Mark is placed into a room that is ill-proportioned; for example, the point of the arch above the door is not in the center. On the wall is a portrait of a young woman with her mouth open, and with her mouth full of hair. There is a picture of the Last Supper, distinguished especially by beetles under the table. There is a representation of a giant mantis playing a fiddle while being eaten by another mantis, and another of a man with corkscrews instead of arms.


C.S. Lewis was better at imagining pictures in his head than he was at comming up with book titles. So I would suppose that these are nightmare images of his own creation. But I am sure that he found inspiration from Surrealist artists of his time. Painters such as Salvadore Dali made realistic images warped into bizzare visions. I'm sure you have seen his landscape littered with melting clocks. Lewis is subtle in suggesting horror in these paintings in the objectivity room. They seem normal at first. It's in the smaller details that readers are made aware that something is askew. I have the impression of a perversion of what is right rather than outright destruction. Maybe a Jackson Pollak painting would give the impression of total chaos. But that's not what Lewis wants us to feel.
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby jo » 06 Dec 2009, 19:46

I've never even seen an illustrated copy of THS! I must admit that all of the editions I've ever seen of each book have truly diabolical front covers tho .. my modern THS is especially bad. I have an old - not sure how old - edition of OOSP which has a really comical 'classic' sci fi cover, obviously done by someone who had no idea whatsoever what the book was about and couldn't care less either..
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby Warrior 4 Jesus » 07 Dec 2009, 02:23

It would be good if the covers were diabolical as in creepy and demonic-looking, rather than what you mean, 'crap'. Ha, ha.
I saw one cover I liked but it's true that most of them are mediocre to just plain terrible.
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby jo » 07 Dec 2009, 19:12

LOL yeah. The cover of my latest edition of THS has Alcasan's head and ... well a few other things but I can't recall what. I remember thinking that on the plus side, the artist really HAD read the book and was faithfully depicting things from within the book.

On the minus side, the drawings were lousy.
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby The Quangle Wangle » 15 Dec 2009, 18:30

I like these covers:
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Maybe not the OOTSP one so much. The Perelandra one is beautiful though
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby Kanakaberaka » 16 Dec 2009, 01:52

The Quangle Wangle wrote:Maybe not the OOTSP one so much. The Perelandra one is beautiful though


The landing gear added to Weston's spacecraft makes it look a little like H.G. Well's Martian war machines. And it's windows are round port holes rather than the rectangular sort as described in the book.
Those silhouettes of The Green Lady and Ransom riding those big fish accross the Perelandran waves is wonderful.
And Mr. Bultitude attacking those N.I.C.E. scientists has to be the most dynamic scene in what is basicly a intellectual story.
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby jo » 17 Dec 2009, 19:13

I always worried a bit about Mr Bultitude having killed men, actually :(. It just doesn't seem entirely 'right' to me. In fact the whole mass slaughter at the end always struck me as being deeply bloodthirsty.
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby Colleen » 18 Dec 2009, 17:13

Hi to all,

I'm just finishing up THS... Just the other night, I read the bloodthirsty scene, to use Jo's word. My question for Jo is how would you, if you were the judge, deal with men like Wither and Frost? I understand, and appreciate, that you are a peaceful Moose, after all, but if you were in charge of dealing out justice...?

As for the covers posted by Quangle Wangle, they are far better than those on my books. Let's see if I can successfully post this image from a blog called, "The Window in the Garden Wall..."

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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby The Quangle Wangle » 18 Dec 2009, 22:15

I have OOTSP and Perelandra from 6, and THS from 5.
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby agingjb » 19 Dec 2009, 09:37

All three from 3 (Bodley Head - first edition, sadly very much later impressions).
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Re: That Hideous Strength - Artwork

Postby Sven » 19 Dec 2009, 15:04

I have set # 2, and set # 10, and also these two:

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