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This modern satire takes its title from the group of 'Disparates' prints by Goya, and is one of a series of works by de Francia of this title, most of them drawings. Many point bitterly to the savagery and hypocrisy of political life. Here he mocks the deceptions of lust, as the woman is not as beautiful, nor the man as heroic, as they pretend. De Francia is one of the few British artists who have confronted such subjects continuously since the war. His style of drawing is narrative but in the Expressionist tradition, in which the image may be distorted or rearranged to create the effects the artist seeks.

August 2004