Paul Devaux, Landscape with Lanterns, 1958

In this surrealist dreamscape, a mysterious woman stands with her back to us. To her sides we see two gardens walled off; there is very little other vegetation in the gray landscape beyond, which represents the underworld. Should the woman take us viewers down the pathway, we will surely never return to the land of the living. The telephone lines dangle after being cut, indicating that communication between the land of the living and the dead is impossible.

Straight ahead we see two girls carrying a corpse shrouded in a white sheet, while further back we see strange, half-built architectural forms. There is an unsettling raking light from the left that casts eerie shadows on the ground under the lanterns and not from the lanterns, as to be expected.

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