Julio Cortázar. Texts by Vincent Bounoure, André Breton
1972 / 172 PAGES.
Language: Four editions: English, Spanish, French, German
This volume collects Aloys Zötl’s watercolours, poised between zoology and fanciful illustrations. Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar accompanies readers along an astonishing stroll through Zötl’s “display cases”.
Scaly rhinoceroses, monkeys with long, gnarled hands, sea creatures, incredibly long snakes with sharp teeth: these are the wonders of nature that master painter Zötl skilfully reproduced and expressed throughout his life, never leaving the small Austrian town where he was born and raised. Like minutely detailed stills, Zötl’s images are brightened by a dreamlike light that projects his visions onto exotic backdrops permeated with a magical, fairy-tale atmosphere. Animals – motionless, as if embalmed behind glass cases – stand out in an avant-garde museum focusing on the sense of community between humankind and the natural world.