Ressource_Provider: Maria Pia Di Bella
Title: Suplicio Chino
Topic: Supplice (esthetic representation of)
Description: This painting by José Gutiérrez Solana (1886-1945) is copied on the photographs of the "pseudo Fu-zhu-li" published by G. Bataille some thirty years later. Gutiérrez Solana might have seen it in Georges Dumas' "Nouveau traité de psychologie", or at the Musée de l'Homme (Paris). Interestingly, the work was exhibited under concurrent titles, such as "A martyrio", or "A Revolucionario" (in 1936). Gutiérrez Solana expressionist style is here reminiscent of El Greco.
Related Event (1)
1 Title: Execution by lingchi of pseudo-Fu-zhu-li
Date of event: Unknown
Related Replication (1)
1 Ressource_Provider: Jérôme Bourgon
Title: Reading "ectstatic Joy" on a tormented face
Information: The picture published in Berthelot's article, "Les supplices chinois", settled the common belief that people suffering lingchi paradoxically resented "ecstatic joy". This greatly influenced various authors, the most famous being Bataille. A comparison between the picture and the photograph shows that this interpretation was determined, in fact, by cliched representations of Christian martyrs (here St Sebastian), which were superiimposed on an indecidable expression. The spanish painter Solana, though expressly influenced by Christian iconography (El Greco), shows not "joy" nor "ecstasis" in his Suplicio Chino, however.
Derniére modification le : 2005-11-16