Jindřich Štyrský / Cigarette by a Dead Woman
The painting’s mysterious and somewhat incomprehensible title demonstrates the Surrealist method of linking the worlds of the imagination and reality, whereby non-existent charateristics and relationships are attributed to things with a different original meaning. The parapsychological significance is most aptly characteristics by Count Lautréamont’s definition of Surrealism as the encounter of an umbrella and a sewing machine on a dissecting table. The conjunction of non-real, as it were natural elements with ideas that emerge from the artist’s subconscious and dream visions is set in the equally unreal landscape. The composition surprises with its areas of colour and the unususualness of the depiction of a dual world.