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"Tribute to Belá Bartók"
- Hungarian Music composer (1881-1945)
Tribute to Bela Bartok
- Charcoal on paper - 90x90 cm - 1979-1980 - by Richard MERIC
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Realised in 1980 in a small cabin in south France, with the help of sister Maria Juwanita. This picture is now world-wide famous and considered by many people like one of the most interesting drawings of the 20th century.

Various interpretations of a single portrait of Belá Bartók are placed four times in four directions inside a perfect circle. Four times the same face, keeping the same expression, in an upside-down geometrical world, showing another inside dimension with appearances of Dali and M.C. Escher, hidden pictures and more surprises able to turn your mind upside-down!

The only model used is a portrait of B.Bartok (shown at the end of the video), reproduced 4 times in 4 directions, constitueing a closed universe integrated in a perfect circle built on the Golden Ratio (by Fibonacci).

Tribute to Bela Bartok

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The preparation and the realization required more than eight month of work.

The drawing exists on three different levels:
- the 4 heads, which are used to unit the structure
- scenes of the first reality that the artist succeeded in joining together in the same background, thanks to a discovery of M.C.Escher
- a series of 9 enigmas on the circumference and based on double realities or the inversion of perspective, the horizontal becoming suddenly vertical, and vice versa.

The Artist applied Salvador Dali's " paranoïa-critic" method, that consists in reaching a perception level that allow to interpret the shapes drawn by the lights and shadows in the face and turn them into new elements, characters, animals, objects.

A tribute to Salvador Dali can be found on top left of the drawing:
a hidden picture that belongs to a series of seven enigmas
arranged around the circumference (details below)
Salvador's Dali hidden portrait Salvador's Dali hidden portrait
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