Ivan The Terrible and His Son Ivan, 2012, pencil drawing, 146x177 cm
Woman With Pearl Necklace (Vermeer) 2012, pencil drawingm 91x113 cm
The Heinemann Collection, 2012, portfolio of 13 pencil drawings à 53x40 cm

Landscape with Hagar and the Angel

Methods of Destruction, Landscape with Hagar and the Angel, 2011, pencil and letter press on paper, 77,5 x 91 cm

Lorrain‘s pencil drawing of a Landscape with Hagar and the Angel was irreparably damaged by a wealthy manufacturer‘s wife, Caroline von Ebert. Of petit-bourgeois origin,she had married into exalted circles which neither acknowledged nor appreciated heras the lady of the house. So she tried to gain recognition by taking up artistry. Lacking the necessary talents herself, she used her spouse‘s collection of drawings instead, partly erasing and reworking them.In the case of Lorrain‘s landscape, she removed the lower part of the picture, depicting a mythologically tinted Italian landscape, and tentatively replaced it with a view of her homeland, the Lower Rhine.

The Shooting of the Third of May

Methods of Destruction, The Shooting of the Third of May, 2011, pencil and letter press on paper, 178 x 243 cm

On 4 December 1942 Goya‘s painting The Shootings of the Third of May was so severely damaged that it was initially unclear whether it could be saved. General Luiz Fernando Mendez had decided to stage aspecial surprise on the occasion of Franco‘s50th birthday. He recreated the firing squadscene, in accurate detail, on the Príncipe Pío hill. Original uniforms were prepared for the troops; the arena and lighting were setup according to Goya‘s painting. However, it was the insurgents in the painting, not realpeople, who were shot.This is readily identifiable as a perverse and calculating show of power rather than an act of barbaric destruction. Franco himself had ordered the summary shooting of more than a thousand political opponents during the Second Republic. He had been deposed afterthe 1936 victory of the Popular Front because of his brutal behaviour as Commanderin-Chief of the Armed Forces. In 1939, after Franco‘s takeover of power, this brutality reached a new climax. The staged second shooting of insurgents was a clear and impressive demonstration of how political opponents were going to be treated.