Vienna's MUMOK is my favourite art museum, so much so that I have an annual membership card. On my last visit Pignon's Cock Fight and Dominguez's Motor Cyclist caught my eye. The photos show detail from each. The works, both from the 1950's are not dissimilar in style and final effect. The motorcyclist has become as he imagines himself, invisible and at one with the roar and violence of the machine. I was struck by the machine's unforgiving architecture; the whirr of steel discs and the bullish horns of the forks. The violence of the cock fight also has a quality that draws the viewer into the scene. You can sense the thrill of the kill, something that the owners of these fighting cocks greatly enjoy. Exhilaration, violence and risk are present in both of these excellent paintings.
|Cock Fight - Edouard Pignon (1959)|
|The Motorcyclist - Oscar Dominguez (1957)|