GUILLOTIN's OAK

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LE CHÈNE À GUILLOTIN

pen and watercolour on paper
2000 - 235 x 335mm

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The full title is Vision Claustrophobique Provoquée Par Un Chène Creux,Appellé Le Chène À Guillotin.
This translates as Claustrophobic Vision Provoked By A Hollow Tree Known As Guillotin's Oak.

This hollow oak with a circumference of nearly 10 meters (more than 30feet) grows not far from the village of Concoret in Bretagne. Legend has it that the Abbott Guillotin hid inside of it when he fled from the soldiers of the French Revolution and that a spider had woven its web over the entrance so the sansculottes didn't find the holy man. Nowadays it is protected by a fence, but when I was there I could still enter the inside of the tree, and had some difficulty getting back out. Which was, for a second, pretty scary. Hence the pencil drawing of which this is a coloured version.
Some people see in this work a birth trauma, which is also a plausibe explanation. Why not? I like Stanislav Grof's work a lot.