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The Wick - Hernan Bas, The party is over, 2016

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Hernan Bas, The party is over, 2016

Although Hernan Bas draws on a range of art historical references, from the supernatural to classical poetry, mythology and 19th-century Romanticism, his visual language is distinctly his own. For the past two decades, he has constructed vast otherworldly landscapes and captivating interior scenes brimming with colourful objects, curiosities and oddities that make his waifish male protagonists feel ponderous and alone.

His pictures, spanning a wide range of time periods and subjects, address themes of queerness, masculinity and desire as well as politics, news and the occult. ‘I like to put a spotlight on the obscure,’ he once told Artsy. In this 2016 painting, Bas depicts two young men unsure how best to confront the morning after the party. Despite their physical proximity to one another, there’s a distance and tension between them. As they gaze in opposite directions, a sense of awkwardness pervades the canvas, prompting the viewer to wonder what’s next.

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Head of a Man , 1960 © Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2022
Courtesy Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia
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Oil on canvas
151.8 x 106.7 cm
59 3/4 x 42 in
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