Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015802, Sat, 8 Dec 2007 21:13:38 -0500

Pale jellies and floating mandolins
1. Attached image forwarded by Jansy Mello: Salvador Dali's Portrait of Juan de Pareja Adjusting a String on His Mandolin. 1960. Oil on canvas. 76.5 x 87.6 cm. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

2. Message from Matt Roth:

I see that you are right. I've since found a specific case of yet another medium floating a mandolin. See the last paragraph on this page:

And I also agree that the pale jellies are ectoplasm. I remember when I was looking up James Coates, I laughed aloud at some of his "photographs of the invisible," including one where a baby is seen emerging from a woman's nose via a spume of ectoplasm (looked like a hanky to me).

Suellen mentioned theosophy, and I agree that IPH seems to be a match for Madame Blavatsky's movement--especially the notion of planets being the landfall of souls, astral planes. Recall that Oswin Bretwit spent his time in Paris reading theosophy and books on chess.


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