”John the Baptist”

charcoal pencil, sanguine, 28x22cm

This self-portrait is not, as Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s ones, heartbreaking in the sense of it escapes any ‘’easy’’ pathos to join both the ones mentioned, of course, but also Courbet’s victorious ones, his glorious youth, his sculptural face, though of course one has to notice that the theme chosen is everything but anecdotal, and convokes a highly dramatic moment, here only suggested by the truncated top of the prophet’s head. The sunken eyes with deeply dark, the lower face drown in a mass of equal darkness, produced by the use of charcoal and the hatches, are enough to show that the artist keeps renewing the art of self-portrait, thanks to his infinite inventiveness.

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