Medium: Lithograph on paper, typewritten poem by Fernando Arrabal in three languages on verso, signed by the artist
Edition: X / CXXX (#10/130)
Good To Know: Professionally framed (museum glass on recto, acrylic on verso), stored in humidity controlled art storage facility, condition report available upon request
Series: The Storyteller’s Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang
Arty-Fact: Baby in a Sailor Suit - Planche No. 18 belongs to the set of twenty lithographs from The Storyteller's Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang. The lithographs were inspired by old family photos and represent Xiaogang's Family and Bloodlines series, where the artist explores the concept of family and collectivism in the Chinese society.
Baby in a Sailor Suit
Little sailor, rosy hued like a cloud from Melilla,
What seas might you be sailing towards?
Seated in a baby's chair you have nonetheless,
Passed beyond the age of the first steps.
Everything combines in a harmony of white, pink, black and grey.
You are wearing a striped jersey, and a beret from which hangs a long black ribbon.
Your little left hand is directing a tiny finger,
Towards your sex ingenuously proffered between your spread thighs.
That childish sex is nothing other than another finger,
Bent like the one above in a symmetrical recall.
Like everyone, you carry the precocious imprint,
Of the scarified, sacrificed herd? and the bloody threads,
Did not spare you. You are no longer red, however,
You show up the pink of a more peaceful body.
Soon you will set sail for the sea of desires like Teresa of Avila.
~ Fernando Arrabal