Olympia

Himmapaan

Joined September 2012

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Olympia

Watercolour with touches of gouache on Saunders Waterford hot pressed paper, 135 × 215 mm.

Olympia, from Offenbach’s opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, is a mechanical doll with whom the titular Hoffmann falls in love, thanks to a pair of magic spectacles which makes her appear human. Predictably, it all ends rather poorly for all concerned, as, after an argument between her co-creators, Spalanzani and Coppelius, the latter angrily tears her to pieces and Hoffmann is ridiculed for his illusion.

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