Les Insectes Nocturnes

Les Insectes Nocturnes


Juan Luis Buñuel

(Spanish, 1934-)

Bronze, brass, and copper wire

Overall: 48.2 x 43.8 x 25.4 cm (19 x 17 1/4 x 10 in.)

Gift of Henry Steinberg in memory of his wife, Lillian B. Steinberg 1984.193



Buñuel’s sculptural tableau evokes his interests in the subconscious and the absurdity of life, which he explored with fellow artist friends and mentors including Alexander Calder, Orson Welles, and his own father, filmmaker Luis Buñuel. Les Insectes Nocturnes (the nocturnal insects) draws upon notions existentialism: the abstract insects placed upon the stage-like platform may represent human beings endlessly performing the banal routines of modern life.

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