Francis Bacon's Study for a Bullfight no. 2 (1969)
references the Excessive Machine from Barbarella?

leading from
20th century works inspired by the Henu Barque?
and
Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968)

Francis Bacon's Study for a Bullfight no. 2 (1969)

a) One might also start looking at images of the Excessive Machine from the movie Barbarella from the previous year in 1968 and wonder if there was some sort of connection being made with that in Francis Bacon's mind, which oddly is also on the Henu Barque Trail.

b) As if the villain Durand Durand's white upper garment has turned into the white area, the black part going over the rim of the shoulder fin becoms a bull horn and the machine itself with the screen behind it has turned into the bull and the section of auditorium with its crowd.

c) If that is the case, the oryx horns for the Henu Barque appear to have become the rim of the screen behind and perhaps Bacon uses this in a hoop like trail of movement through the air as the bull moves.

d) Perhaps this is interesting because it turns Francis Bacon into someone who could be fascinated with the latest oddities in scifi cinema when it came to his inspirations.


comparison between the Excessive Machine from the movie Barbarella (1960)
and Francis Bacon's Study for a Bullfight no. 2 (1969)

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