Gone Mad

A series of sombre paintings from the later eighties by Corneliu Baba (Romanian, 1906-1997) recently caught my eye, depicting insane rulers of the ragged, already-gone King Lear sort. Perhaps the natural attraction I felt sprang from my lifelong affinity for things “Ye Olde Englishe-y” — medieval bestiaries, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Yorks, Plantagenets…