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‘Mami Wata’ Nigeria C19. From ‘Feminine Power: From the Divine to the Demonic’ at the British Museum.
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Many thanks to our good friend, Dominic Tetrault, who recently came across these wonderful sirens, drawn by Robert Desnos – and has kindly shared them with us, at La Sirena.

‘Sirena (mermaid) teaching singing to a bird’ (Robert Desnos)
‘Sirena (mermaid) teaching singing to a bird’ (Robert Desnos)

Source for both images: Jacques Doucet literary library – https://bljd.sorbonne.fr/search?preset=19&view=medias&fbclid=IwAR2tfzUJ6p1tLXNhT2ECPf308qPdqDMTZCmCuDd7-9aqV9lShwkxm7sxCtg

The siren is an important figure in Desnos’s work and life. Here is one of several poems featuring sirens.

His partner and second great love, the artist, Youki (Lucie Badoud) was also associated with the siren, which she had tattooed on her thigh.

Poem – ‘Mermaid’ (1930), taken from ‘The Voice of Robert Desnos: Selected Poems’, Translated by William Kulik, The Sheep Meadow Press (Riverdale-on-Hudson, New York, 2004).
Youki Desnos showing her mermaid tattoo (Robert Doisneau, Paris c.1950)
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Our dear friend, Christine Haller, recently tracked down this rather marvellous siren by Myrlade Constant, in Venice, at the Biennale.

‘Sirenes’ (detail) (Myrlande Constant, 2020)
‘Sirenes’ (Myrlande Constant, 2020)
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Our very good friend, Irene Plazewska, kindly shared this wonderful image with us.

‘Mermaid’s Washing’ (Irene Plazewska)
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Our dear friend, John Welson, has discovered another siren: ‘Wired and waiting. I called out to her, but her gaze was fixed upon the ocean, the rolling waves and turning tide…’

‘The Wired Mermaid of Llandudoch’ (John Welson)
‘The Wired Mermaid of Llandudoch’ (John Welson)
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Mélusine (one of the pictures from the series Les sept épées hors du fourreau in homage to Apollinaire) painted in 1957 oil on canvas, 150 x 50 cm, Private Collection) Toyen
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‘Orrery’

Collaborative Collage, Doug Campbell, Janice Hathaway, Sunday 5 June 2022

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Dream of mermaids. 1963. Folding Triptych 3 Panel. Carved wood, metal hinges and oil on canvas mounted on wood panels. Leonora Carrington.
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Our dear friend and comrade, John Welson, shared this poem and image, along with the following message:

“I have found another mermaid/merman/merperson drawing from 1978 this time. The title on the rear is in fact a short poem and reads:

Tide turned
cut loose
waters wept
blade admonished
fin glimpsed
Tide turned

beneath the waves
return.”

As always, we urge siren spotters everywhere to continue sharing their research findings with us at lasirenasurrealistgroup@gmail.com.

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‘Siren’ (Oil on Canvas, 1900) by Odilon Redon