‘La Divine’ and ‘La Déesse’

Oil on canvas 60 x 81 cm

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One of the last French steam locomotives, the iconic streamlined 4-6-4 no 232U1 known as ‘La Divine’, is paced by another wheeled icon of French style, a Citroën DS. ‘DS’ is pronounced ‘Déesse’ in French, which means ‘goddess’. Apart from his invisible exhaust, the DS driver is adding his pipe smoke to the evocative, odourous output of the locomotive.