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Les Sciapodes: La tête le plus bas possible, c'est le secret du bonheur!
(The Sciapods: The head as low as possible, that is the secret of happiness!)

Plate 6 of 6

Several of the prints from the 1889 album have creatures entering the picture from different angles and their cropped forms heighten the sense of mystery. Flaubert introduced the Sciapods as part of a sequence of monsters. Redon's sciapod, however, bears little resemblance to Flaubert's mythical dwarf-like creature with one large foot coming from the middle of its body. It has more in common with the primordial beings introduced by Flaubert a few pages earlier, and depicted by Redon in Saint-Antoine: Il doit y avoir quelque part des figures primordiales, except for the horrifically fragmented face.


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