"...Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them..."
The following picture combines two snaps taken in the months of November/ December 2015.
On the left are two birds: a sparrow eating biscuit powder laid in the steel plate and a bulbul (a member of family Pycnonotidae, medium-sized passerine songbirds) is perched on a bar after having had its fill earlier.
On the right are two cats somewhere in my cousin's garden.
The cats above look so cute, indeed pious but I know how murderous they can get on sighting a bird.
Artist: Francisco Goya
When I first saw the picture, I was focused on Goya's 'Red Boy' Manuel...but as my gaze came down, I saw the terror that was lurking in the picture....three cats are eyeing Manuel's pet magpie.
Robert Hughes in his wonderful book 'Goya', 2003 says this about the painting:
Manuel himself died young at the age of just eight. There probably is no record of what happened to the magpie and finches.