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The Art of the Night:Surreal Dreams (Adult Touch to See Club)

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Sponsored by: May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Available braille grades:

As Shakespeare’s Prospero said, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” Are we dreaming or is this a nightmare? Enter into the art of the night with two Surrealists. Discover what was behind Ernst’s strange elephant creature and Magritte’s spooky dreamer – all is not what it seems. It makes you ask the question – what do our dreams mean?

Listen to an audio clip

At over 4 feet high it was Ernst's largest painting to date.
When I look at this picture I feel rather uneasy and vaguely threatened by it. You may well share this feeling once you have explored the painting for yourself. I'll give you a brief description of it and then we shall turn to the thermoform.
It contains some very disturbing and ambiguous images. The canvas is almost filled by an enormous and menacing creature which appears to be made of metal of some kind. It is a sombre, greenish-grey in colour. This is the 'elephant' to which the title refers and it dominates the centre of the picture. On its back, this monster has a mysterious, unidentifiable mechanical device painted in bright colours: red, dark blue, pale blue and green.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

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