Google Books display 2001 a space odyssey when looking for Georges Yatrides

I have been surprised recently to see when I was looking for Georges Yatrid√®s on Google Books to see results about Kubrick, 2001 a space odyssey , and 2010 : odyssey two. The terms “Georges Yatrides” are not appearing in the books , but Google algorythm has established a relevancy between Georges Yatrides and Kubrick films.

This is probably due to the fact that in several books, it is described that Georges Yatrides artwork has inspired Kubrick for his movies.

Georges Yatrides and 2001 a space odyssey in Google Books

Kubrick et Clarke looked for ideas in art galleries for 2001


In 1994 the book “2001 filming the future” by Piers Bizony is published. In this book he tells that after getting acquainted in April 1964 Clarke and Kubrick in search of ideas for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, have visited art galleries.

Have they saw the works of Georges Yatridès, then exposed the United States, it is quite possible given the similarities found between the two works.

Extract page 73

“Over the next month Clarke and Kubrick met regularly, for five hours or so at a time, virtually every day. They chatted over lunches, dinners and breakfasts. They earnestly dissected the latest theories of science, space research and high technology during visits to movie theaters, art galleries, restaurants and bars, or at Kubrick’s apartment. “


Yatrides inspiration source for 2001 a space Odyssey

Several elements visible in Yatrides canvas and drawings are also in 2001 Space Odyssey film. It is publicly known Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick have visited Chicago galleries looking for new ideas for the film. Regarding the points that we are raising, there is few doubts about the fact that Yatrides artwork exposed in 1959 in Chicago has influenced the film basement

Beginning of the film

The hominids living on earth establish a first contact with a strange monolith appeared among them, this is the proof of a supernatural life. Since 1951, Yatrides use in his canvas and drawings monoliths and slabs to show a relation between humans and a supernatural strengh (God). These monoliths and slabs are often visible in his artwork. His questions about life origin and the existence of god that we find on a lot of his oils and drawings comes probably from his tuberculosis disease. During spring of 1951, doctors are thinking that he will die. A priest is called to give him extreme unction. He sees himself lying on his hospital bed, and his body again one meter above his bed. He miraculously survived.

Christ Leica and orange done in 1963 by Yatrides
The monolith with similar shape at the beginning of the film monolith

End of the film

Bowman die on his bed, he becomes a fetus. The fetus will cross the monolith to fly on space to the earth.

Yatrides drawing from 1957, where we see a foetus in a sphere crossing a monolith.
2001 A space Odyssey: Bowman dies on his bed in front of the monolith bowman-death-2

Bowman becomes a fetus surounded by a sphere

The fetus cross the monolith to fly through earth

See the video that shows similarities between Yatrides artwork and 2001

2005 : Cyberarchi website post make the relationship between 2001 a space Odyssey and Yatrides artwork

In an article published in the journal Cyberarchi in 2005, Christophe Leray speaks of the path that followed the architect Raphael Gabrion in its proposed creation of an observatory on the plains of Nazca Peruvian and reconciliation he made between work of Georges Yatridès and film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The article is still accessible to date, however we copied the page if it ever came to be deleted.



1994 : Interstellar icons book by Sacha Bourmeyster

‚ÄúInterstellars lcons¬†‚Ä̬†by Sacha¬†BOURMEYSTER

Anticipation of interstellar icons of George YATRIDES
and monoliths on the novel by Arthur C. CLARKE
and¬†in the movie¬†¬†‚Äú2001:¬†A Space Odyssey¬†”by Stanley Kubrick.

Book extract

“The following analysis in no way aims, with mercenary ulterior¬†motives, at claiming paternity rights. Yatrid√©s has shown clearly enough¬†in his life as a painter the little importance he attached to that kind of¬†preoccupation,
It is evident that his slabs came first.
Did they have a direct influence on the work of the filmmaker and the novelist? It hardly matters. The comparison between the different approaches: pictorial, literary and cinematic shall, I hope, allow devotees of
Yatrides works a better understanding of the slabs importance and of their¬†significance in the painters very creative process. A painter whose constant¬†ambition is to push back the boundaries of his art.”


Sacha Bourmeyster

Painting in 1963 where we see the monolith

Some painting with slabs between 1963 and 1965

The vertical monolith at the beginning of the film is now horizontal and fly as a light source beside men during their trip.

December 1988 : 13 Millions of FF for a Yatrides oil on canvas

Article in the Dauphine Lib√©r√© in December 1988 talking about the sale of the painting adolescents and children for a total of 13 million FF and selection in the International Who’s Who in Art.

The canvas painted in 1963 by Georges Yatridès

Extract of the article written by Véronique Julliard :

For movie buffs, and the general public should also know that the oil canvas called “The adolescents and children,” was adopted by the director Stanley Kubrick in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey ‘

13 millions of FF for a Yatrides painting