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(self-portrait, oil and copper leaf on board, 68.9 x 52.7 cm)

'I am the last...', 2020

This painting was inspired by the poem I am the last... by Charles Simic published in 1987: 

 

‘I am the last Napoleonic soldier. It’s almost two hundred years later and I am still retreating from Moscow. The road is lined with white birch trees and the mud comes up to my knees. The one-eyed woman wants to sell me a chicken, and I don’t even have any clothes on.      

    The Germans are going one way; I am going the other. The Russians are going still another way and waving good-by. I have a ceremonial saber. I use it to cut my hair, which is four feet long.’ 

 

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