MELLER, Peter

Description

Old Man Struggling with Death
In 2006, Meller was diagnosed with the cancer that would take his life two years later. This drawing represents his response to the condition of being terminally ill. The figure at the left, recognizably a caricature of himself, is locked in hand-to-hand combat with death. Though small in scale, the image is monumental in conception: the contrast between black and white is skillfully mobilized to express the elemental conflict between death and the will to live, but also - again - the complementarity of opposites in the world as we know it. - Merisa Vertti

Creator

Meller, Peter
b. Hungary, 1928-2008

Source

Incoming loan, courtesy John Moore

Identifier

IL2012.007.052

Citation

Meller, Peter and b. Hungary, 1928-2008, “MELLER, Peter,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 29, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7442.