February 11, 2019

Picture of the Month: Red, color of wine and blood

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UNTITLED (BACCHUS)
Cy Twombly

2008

Tate Modern, London

"... In Summer 2005, Cy Twombly immersed himself once again in Homer’s Iliad and created a cycle of eight paintings in red, color of wine and blood, to evoke the ecstasy and madness of the Roman god, treading the line between carnal pleasure and violent debauchery in his unique calligraphic style” (Le Monde). The paintings bear witness to the ‘creative drunkenness’ which can overcome artists. As has often been observed, one can draw parallels between the delirium of the creative process and that experienced by followers of Dionysus during group rituals...

FORMER PICTURES OF THE MONTH

THE CHEAT WITH THE ACE OF DIAMONDS
Georges de La Tour, 1635
DIANA AND CENTAURE
Clock, automate, and drinking game, 1602/06
THE DRUNKARDS or THE FEAST OF BACCHUS (LOS BORRACHOS) Velázquez, 1628/29
MEAL DURING THE HUNT
François Boucher, 1730s
IN A PRIVATE DINING ROOM or AT THE RAT MORT (EN CABINET PARTICULIER) Toulouse-Lautrec, 1899
RED VINEYARDS AT ARLES, MONTMAJOUR
Van Gogh, 1888
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