Nick Cave on Leonard Cohen's Lap, or the Perfect Painting

02.15.12 Marina Galperina

Australian artist Ben Smith’s The Influence: Leonard Cohen Consoles Nick Cave is a fucking masterpiece. I don’t usually have these sort of feelings for oil paintings bordering on kitsch, but it seduced me. The double-portrait’s symbolic proportions, rendering Cave a melancholy child on the lap of sage Cohen, being served the blood of Jesus and the fruit of knowledge. Heavy handed it may be, but my, that’s good pop culture. Also available in Fat Elvis consoling Young Elvis and Rembrandt consoling Francis Bacon. There there.

Oh, god, remember this? 

That’s ok, handsome, that’s ok.

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