Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #109 (Franz Beckenbauer: West Germany)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

This latest drawing in the Project features Franz Beckenbauer, one of the relatively few memorable names from the 1974 World Cup (transferring quickly to the school playground, aka ‘Baking Powder’), who, as a long-established international with a fine World Cup pedigree (having played in 6 matches at each of the 1966 & 1970 Finals, & scoring 4 goals during the former) & one of the stars of the West Germany squad, was represented in both the FKS & Panini sticker albums, & went on to captain the West Germans in all seven of their matches as they proceeded to win the tournament.

Within a few years, & with a changing focus of obsessive interest, from football to music, a certain likeness between ‘Der Kaiser’  & The StranglersHugh Cornwell would become apparent…

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