member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life

This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo

(Slideshow is of Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Artistic Precursors to the Lobotomy

Extraction of the Stone of Madness, by Hieronymous Bosch

Something for you to chew on...

Extraction of the Stone of Madness (detail), by Hieronymous Bosch

The lobotomy, as an actual surgical procedure, wasn't performed (legally) until 1935. The above painting was created by Hieronymous Bosch in the late 1400s, and the one below in the late 1500s.

A Surgeon Extracting the Stone of Folly, by Pieter Huys

As usual, artists are far ahead of the crowd...


  1. Oh, but it is a very bad thing to find that your surgeon is wearing a funnel for a hat...

  2. ha! it's true; the hat should have given everything away...

  3. j'adore Bosch.. on dirait qu'il ouvre le crâne pour mettre un entonnoir...:))