The Escape Ladder
Collotype, Arches vellum
State Museum of Modern Art Paris (Centre Georges Pompidou), France
© Successio Miró / ADAGP, Centre Pompidou
“Works should be conceived with a fire in a soul, though performed with a clinical coolness”.
“The Rescue Ladder” was created in the beginning of the World War II, and the ladder depicted in it, in the future, was aften used by the artist in a metaphoric sense and transfers the painting to another plane, far from secular realism. Perhaps, the rescue ladder is needed to provide to the artist and the viewer a way out of the war, the holocaust and the cruelty. This is the most famous work of the “Constellations” series.