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L'INCONNUE DE LA SEINE/DIE UNBEKANNTE AUS DER SEINE/THE UNKNOWN WOMAN OF THE SEINE: Who was L'Inconnue de la Seine? According to legend, she was a young country girl who committed suicide by throwing herself into the Seine in Paris. She was fished out the river and brought to the morgue where a young doctor, moved by her quiet beauty and enigmatic smile, made a death mask of her face. Some say he was driven mad by love for her and later threw himself into the Seine to finally meet her in its watery embrace. Others say the story is pure myth. L'Inconnue de la Seine was made from the living face of a German mask maker's teenage daughter and he grew rich selling copies of the mask which hung on the walls of every true and wanna-be European artist and poet at the beginning of the 20th century. No one knows for sure. What is known is that this mask has inspired generations of artists and writers from Rilke to Nabokov to Camus to Man Ray. Personally I think she is a Siren. Look at her image long enough and you will hear her song. I promise it will seduce you.

Two miniature wall hanging featuring a detail from an original Augenblick Photo photograph of the mask L'Inconnue de la Seine. The photographs have been professionally printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper and coated with several layers of matte varnish. The varnish is somewhat streaked and distressed as is fitting to the image. I mounted them on one round and one square natural untreated wood blocks and put a brass hook with polymer clay decoration on the back for easy hanging.

Size of square block 3.5 by 3.5 cm/1.5 by 1.5 inches, round block 2.5 by 2.5 cm/1 by 1 inch. Please note that these wood blocks are made to order so yours may vary slightly from the ones pictured here.

Item ships two to three days after ordering.

To see a copy of one of my original photographs of this mask as well as read the fascinating and spooky story behind it, please click here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/59260394/linconnue-de-la-seine-signed-fine-art

For more fine art photographs, wearable art and decorative wood blocks of art, sculpture and the natural world, please visit my shop: http://www.augenblickphoto.etsy.com

L'Inconnue de la Seine Deconstructed Miniature Woodblock Decorative Wall Hanging Made From Mounted Original Photograph


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: natural wood block, glue, original photograph, stamp, varnish
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Germany
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