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Autor:
Roy Lichtenstein
Título:
Look Mickey (detail)
Fecha:
1961
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
121.9 x 175.3 cm

Ubicacion:
National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein gift.

Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting
in the Pérez-Simón Collection

From 25 June to 5 Octobre 2014

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Autor:
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Título:
The Roses of Heliogabalus (detail)
Fecha:
1888
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
132.7 x 214.4 cm

Ubicacion:
Pérez-Simón Collection, Mexico
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Autor:
Michael Andrews
Título:
Portrait of Timothy Behrens
Fecha:
1962
Técnica:
Oil on cardboard
Medidas:
122 x 122 cm
Úbicacion:
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 451 (1979.84)

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Michael Andrews shared with the other members of the so-called School of London an interest in the human figure and a profound distaste for academic naturalism. He studied under William Coldstream at the Slade School and was attracted by existentialist agnosticism, which for a time brought him close to the work of Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti and the writings of Kierkegaard.

Soundly rooted in British figurative tradition, Andrews soon developed an interest in portraiture. Executed in 1962, the Portrait of Timothy Behrens in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza collection depicts a young painter who for a time frequented the company of Bacon, Freud, Auerbach and Andrews, with whom he is shown in a photograph in a London restaurant in 1962, the year he posed for this painting. As in other early portraits by Andrews, the present work clearly bears the imprint of the painting of Francis Bacon, as evidenced by the loose technique and introspection of the sitter, isolated in the middle of the composition. However, although Andrews was impressed by the emotion aroused by viewing Bacon’s works, which, in his own words, make “you feel someone is in the room with you,” he was much more restrained as a painter and was not prone to Bacon’s frenzied outbursts of emotion.

As in the painter’s entire output, light plays a prominent role in the present painting. Indeed, as Lawrence Gowing pointed out, the sitter, who more than posing appears to be captured in a fleeting instant, is momentarily “poised there while the light — direct, diffused or reflected — passes across his bulk and carves it in colour, corn-yellow and rose-pink, carves it as if with his own impatience, revealing it sharply where the light strikes then dissolving it where it turns away into shadow, leaving (for instance) on the darker side a half-eroded fringe of fingers.”

Paloma Alarcó

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