La dolce vita, 2020

The ink and wash drawing depicts Mr. Peanut in lieu of Marcello Mastroianni as he toasts to Anita Ekberg at the Trevi Fountain. The ever-expanding body of work that is Vincent Trasov’s Mr. Peanut drawings began as a palm-sized flip book, which evolved into a 16 mm film of the Planters Peanuts corporation’s brand icon tap-dancing. The drawings, produced over the past twenty years, depict Mr. Peanut infiltrating scenes of historical, geographical and artistic contexts, as a symbol which has lost its original meaning and which since has taken on a myriad of new associations.

Ink and wash on paper, paper: 29.7 × 21 cm, image: 16 × 16.2 cm