Matthew Greenburgh: Mejias

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140x150cm - edition of 4 plus artist’s proof
70x75cm - edition of 5

The Lorca poem "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" is about a matador gored to death by the bull – the yellow and red tinged leaf is suggestive of the glamorous bull fighter as well as his “blood spilled on the sand” and the dark leaf brings to mind the bull and death.

The poem provides a contrast to my main theme as it depicts Lorca’s extreme grief for his heroic friend who was dramatically killed at the prime of his life (as the poem repeats insistently “at 5 o’clock in the afternoon”). Lorca’s grief is not lessened by the fact that Mejias had an “appetite for death, pleasure in its savour”. But had Mejias died after a long stay in a care home, one doubts the poet’s inspiration would have been as strong.

I have also tried to include element’s of Terry Frost’s fine print illustrating the same poem, which is a great example of how the abstract and the narrative can work together.






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Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias, Sir Terry Frost, 1989 ©the estate of Sir T Frost

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