Michael Bauer (B. 1973)
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Michael Bauer (B. 1973)

Pol 1 (Smart Estrus)

Details
Michael Bauer (B. 1973)
Pol 1 (Smart Estrus)
signed, titled and dated 'M.Bauer 2005 Pol 1 (smart Estrus)' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
55 1/8 x 47 ¼in. (140 x 120cm.)
Painted in 2005
Provenance
Hotel Gallery, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005.
Literature
J. Cape & Saatchi Gallery (ed.), Germania, London 2008 (illustrated in colour, pp. 90-91).
Special notice
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Lot Essay

With its biomorphic forms and distorted conglomeration of doodled elements, Pol 1 (Smart Esrus), 2005, bears witness to Michael Bauer’s play with the iconography of power. A male profile, framed by a decorative vignette, appears as a grotesque heraldic emblem, reminiscent of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s bizarre anthropomorphic portraits, his grey and muddy forms entangling like entrails. Lumpy scar tissue and decaying matter converge to form a forlorn memento mori. Bauer balances the obscene with the delicate, creating a fragile seduction within his barbarous image. Subtitled Smart Estrus, Bauer’s painting suggests lurid tales of patriarchal power and noble lineage.

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