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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.

Original Augenblick Photo mounted on a round wood block. Brass hook on back with polymer clay circle stamped with the initials AB for easy hanging. The photograph has been professionally printed on matte paper coated with several layers of matte finish varnish. These blocks are slightly larger than medium wood blocks and are slightly thinner giving them a lightness.

Size of wood block: 12 by 12 cm/4.5 by 4.5 inches, .5 cm/.2 inches thick

Item is made to order and may vary slightly from the one pictured. Ships in 3 to 4 days.

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L'Inconnue de la Seine Large Wood Block Wall Hanging



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: original photograph, round wood block, glue, varnish, polymer clay, brass hook
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Germany
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