“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” ― Mary Oliver, Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays
Frank Auerbach ~ Michael, 1990 (etching) The mood In my option is that Auerbach was going throw some kind of mental state which lead him to this piece where the lines are very direct. I think its like this as this is how he wanted to express his feelings.