Eugene Ionesco – Photograph of The Chairs (1956)


<<At this moment the audience would have in front of them … empty chairs on an empty stage decorated with streamers, littered with useless confetti, which would give an impression of sadness, emptiness and disenchantment such as one finds in a ballroom after a dance; and it would be after this that the chairs, the scenery, the void, would inexplicably come to life (that is the effect, an effect beyond reason, true in its improbability, that we are looking for and that we must obtain), upsetting logic and raising fresh doubts. >>


Author: Eugène Ionesco, The Chairs (Les Chaises), 1952



Photo: ‘Chairs’ of Eugene Ionesco (1912-1994 ). Production of Jacques Mauclair. Tsilla Chelton. Paris, Studio of Champs-Elysees, in February 1956. © Lipnitzki / Roger Viollet / Getty Images