Bacchanalia (2014)
Acrylic painting by Duncan Barker


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 23.62 × 23.62 × 0.59 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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This painting forms part of a series which imitates the effect - if not always the conventions - of Classical mosaic in paint.

This is the most modernist of my Classical paintings, though the theme is traditional. The young Bacchus leads the drunken revels, amid dancing satyrs and maenads. Gradually the dancers succumb to the god's gift of wine. Infant satyrs watch in amusement as Bacchus himself is overcome and carefully, meaningfully, escorted away. The exhausted revellers in the foreground take on the aspect of fallen statues. Take it as an allegory of wine, paganism or life itself!

The canvas is painted grey around the edges, suggesting a mosaic panel, and may be hung framed or unframed.

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Acrylic paint on canvas

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