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
77 x 102 cm