Concilium Plebis #23 - Bacchus

PROJECT: Concilium Plebis

"Caravaggio's 1595 Bacchus is apparently enjoying himself and having a good time, but what's interesting about Emma Tooth's Bacchus is that he does not appear to be enjoying himself at all, and in this respect actually invites a certain comparison to Caravaggio's earlier "Sick Bacchus" of 1591 or so. Tooth's Bacchus is a Sick Bacchus.

 

She has moved Bacchus's toga off to the side where it has become a bed sheet, implying a state of drunkenness that is on the point of falling asleep. A drunkenness, in other words, that is no longer any fun... For the West, it would seem, the party is over..."

-John David Ebert author of Art After Metaphysics

 

 

extraordinary portraits of ordinary people

 

oil on canvas

2010

77 x 102 cm

private collection

 

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ELIZABETH EMMA TOOTH

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