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Jacques Nongort


2012? Jean de La Fontaine.  Twelve portrait format postcards by Souchez, France artist Jacques Nongort.  €3 each at St. Ouen, August, '13.

This is some of the strongest visual work I have seen in a long time.  Nongort brings out the scary underside, I believe, of several of La Fontaine's fables.  His "La Cigale et la Fourmi," for example -- which appears on what seems to be his own website -- shows a dancing woman in the foreground while a burdened worker walks off into the background.  Would a viewer of this card, without seeing its title, immediately associate it with the fable?  Again, Nongort's "The Cat Transformed into a Woman," accents her sexuality but gives her a sinister black catface with yellow eyes.  Stirring stuff!  I am so glad to have found these and sorry that I cannot find out more about the artist or the series.

La Fontaine Portrait

Two Servant Girls

Plagued Animals I




Death & Woodman

Two Goats

Monkey & Dolphin

Plagued Animals II

Cat Transformed

Women and a Secret