Botty Jelly?


On the final page of “Across the Sands of Aurinko”, I promised my readers I’d explain a little more about the works of art the children encountered in the desert gallery (in chapter 15).

First things first, the artists mentioned are NOT “Van Gog, Pikassew, Roobuns, Manay, Monay, Holbine, Dav Inchee and Botty Jelly. They are in fact, van Gogh, Picasso, Rubens, Manet, Monet, Holbein, Da Vinci and Botticelli. So they almost got them right, but not quite.

And Vermeer? He’s Vermeer!

The first work of art to catch Zafe’s eye is Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, which looks something like the top left-hand doodle below. You can certainly see the Wotwa reaching up out of the waves, although on second thoughts, his “tentacles” might be a tree and those waves could be a town in the south of France…

Miniature ink and pencil representations of the paintings Zafe and his friends encountered in the Aurinko art caves.

Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol is the canvas that reminds Zafe of the space station and its foodcubes. It’s a picture of 4 x 8 cans of tomato soup, and it was done in 1962, almost 90 years after Starry Night. And my inky approximation of that is the top right of this picture. And if you don’t think Warhol’s picture looks anything like mine, I recommend you check it out!

The paintings that Tycho thinks are so interesting, are “monstrously huge and SQUARE” animals, although this is not entirely accurate. The monstrously huge farm animals are, in fact, RECTANGULAR. Painted in the 1800s in England, these paintings of overfed and much-prized pigs, sheep, cows and bulls were a phenomenon that seems rather strange now. Particularly given the little stick legs that support these prize beasts. (See below left – with proud owner offering him more oats.)

Suza is blinking at a painting of a “woman whose face was pointing in two different directions”. This is almost certainly a painting by Pablo Bikasso Bakossi Picasso and he was a Spanish painter who also did a series of paintings that were mostly blue. The painting I’ve attempted to copy a bit of, is called “Dora Maar au chat” (Dora Maar with a cat).

And the man with the vegetable face? Probably painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (unless Walf did it, of course).

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