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      The artist himself has recounted a most amazing 'dream', which goes some way towards illuminating his works:
      "One night between two dreams, almost awake, I crossed a mountain inwhich there was a grotto of tremendous proportions. Entering it, I saw a passage which forked to the left (the dream possessed a terrible precision). There were stallactites there which resembled gigantic beings conglomerated into a compact mass. It was impossible to approach them because they emanated a terrible magnetic force which repelled all contact.
      "I carried on to the back of the grotto where I saw a very small door, just large enough for a ten-year old child to enter. Through an incredible effort, and in the midsts of vibrations of unbelievable violence, I managed to enter the doorway. And I know that, for a few fractions of a second, I had the right to see what I alone must know. I also knew that, once the door closed, I would have to return to the others and convince them that this place really exists. At that moment in the dream, I felt a terrible sadness, because I knew that no one could ever come with me, and that I would only find this place again with the greatest of difficulties."
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      Henricot likened the task of painting to the task presented in his dream: "The best I can do, to describe my painting, is to relate this dream, since the experience is the same. After each work, I'm aware of having journeyed into a zone unknown to me, where everything is extraordinarily silent and comforting. And, at the same time, it is a violent revelation of the unknown. I also have the feeling that, after each work, a door closes and it will never open again."(25)




 
 
 


PARIS - FALL 2004


THE GUARDIAN - Michel Henricot


 
 
 


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