30" x 39", oil on masonite
This painting shows Safran's best friend as the Roman god of merry-making. It was first shown along with other biblical and mythological paintings at the Fitzgerald Gallery in New York City in 1966. This was Safran's first solo show, and it was not favorably reviewed by the critics.
It should be remembered that the New York art scene in the 1960s was dominated by Abstraction, Op Art, Pop Art and other forms of conceptual art. In that milieu, Realism was ridiculed as old-fashioned if not downright eccentric. Fortunately, since that era the scope of what kinds of art can be taken seriously has broadened substantially.