Enrico Baj, Le General Mechant et Decore (Angry General with Decorations), 1961

Images of Enrico Baj, Le General Mechant et Decore (Angry General with Decorations)

A crudely painted, misshapen person in military garb unnervingly stares at you.
  1. Long An abstract collaged painting of a creepy ginger-bread shaped person wearing elements of a uniform: a maroon sash, military pins, and epaulets. His hair is made of a fringe of an epaulet that frames a face with distorted features. Its right eye is round and bulging, white with a large black pupil; its left is a red iris and a white pupil outlined by green, with a brown raised nose and black horizontal strokes form a mouth with three small white teeth. The body is composed of many green, brown, and tan blotches that almost look like mold or moss. The background is maroon with golden floral decoration. The painting is in a distressed wood gold-and-brown-painted frame.
Enrico Baj, Italian, 1924–2003
Le General Mechant et Decore (Angry General with Decorations), 1961
Oil, fabric, G-string, beads, metal, ribbons, lace, metal string, colored glass, leather buttons, and medals
Canvas: 51 × 38 in. (129.5 × 96.5 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro, 1992.48
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago