• “The Hidden Well” Project Explores The Work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, One Quote at a Time

  • “The Hidden Well” Project Explores The Work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, One Quote at a Time

    "When we work merely for material gain, we build our own prison. We enclose ourselves in isolation; our coins turn to ashes and buy nothing worth living for." -Wind, Sand and Stars (1939)

  • “The Hidden Well” Project Explores The Work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, One Quote at a Time

    "His body, a foreign territory, already other than himself." -Flight to Arras (1942)

  • “The Hidden Well” Project Explores The Work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, One Quote at a Time

    "I hate this dissolvable humanity. Where I am, I am for all eternity. If I sit down on a bench, I want to remain there for all eternity. Sitting on my bench I am entitled to five minutes of eternity." -Letter to Mme François de Rose (1944)

  • “The Hidden Well” Project Explores The Work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, One Quote at a Time

    "But I know solitude. Three years in the desert have taught me its taste. What is frightening is not the consuming of youth out there in that mineral landscape, but the perception that far away from you the whole world is growing old." - Wind, Sand and Stars (1939)

  • “The Hidden Well” Project Explores The Work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, One Quote at a Time

    "You see, I just cannot understand life. At night I worry about everything: those I love, my country, the things I love." - Letter to X (1943)

  • “The Hidden Well” Project Explores The Work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, One Quote at a Time

    "All of us, in ways more or less obscure, feel the need to be born." -Wind, Sand and Stars (1939)

“The Hidden Well” Project Explores The Work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, One Quote at a Time

This illustration project by Yan Qin Weng is an homage to French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A pioneering aviator and a war pilot, Saint-Exupéry is probably better known for writing The Little Prince, a story about the journey to adulthood. Saint-Exupéry wrote other books, but they’re less known to the average reader. The Hidden Well, a collection of illustrations featuring quotes from Saint-Exupéry’s other works, hopes to change that.

Weng typically loves weaving gorgeous paintings that illustrate fantasy worlds. Her world only exists in the hours of dawn and dusk, where the birds fly its highest and where the ferocity of nature is at its most intense. The Hidden Well, which explores Saint-Exupery’s works like Wind, Sand and Stars, Flight to Arras and Wartime Writings, 1939–1944, is not only a journey through another artist’s work, it’s a glimpse into Weng’s patented form of fantasy. It’s more than a homage, it’s a dream world into someone else’s mind.

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