Wols nearly always worked on a small scale.
The effect is intense and delicate in this series
of etchings. The lines are woven into strange suggestions of body parts or microscopic life.
The writer Jean-Paul Sartre saw in such images the artist's obsessive fascination with the minutiae of nature. Wols himself wrote in a poetic piece:
'At Cassis, the pebbles, fish, rocks under a magnifying glass ¿ made me forget about human pretensions, invited me to turn my back
on the chaos of our goings-on, showed me eternity in the little harbour waves'.