THE MIRAGE

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FATA MORGANA - STUDY

red chalk on paper
1977 - 394 x 295 mm

The English word Mirage comes from the French, whilst a Fata Morgana, which is the Italian expression for a Mirage comes from Morgane le Fay,
King Arthur's sister and a sorceress, which is a British - Celtic story. And in Bretagne a mermaid is called a Mary-Morgan.
None of these has anything to do with the kind of mirroring one can sometimes see in deserts and which show for example an oasis that isn't really there.