Attila Richard Lukacs

Power, Rage, and Fulfilment

1989
The monkeys populating this painting are inspired by a sixteenth-century painting by Pieter Bruegel. In Bruegel's time, this animal was a common symbol of the dominance of flesh over reason. Attila Richard Lukacs draws upon this historical meaning and on later characterizations of the monkey as artist to present his own interpretations in this allegorical work. Sketched out horizontally - as if a story is in the process of being written -this work combines traditional symbols for social hierarchy and ritual such as the scales of Justice with idiosyncratic metaphor, as seen in the rabbit pierced like Saint Sebastian, the colony of rats and the bondage mask.
Title
Power, Rage, and Fulfilment
Date
1989
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil, enamel and tar on canvas
Dimensions
129.5 x 533 x 2 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Joseph Lukacs, Calgary, 1993
Accession number
37177.1-4

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