Magdalena (a painting needs a wall to object to)

Marlenedumas magdalena

Marlene Dumas

1995

Painting, 200 x 100 cm.
Materials: Oil on canvas

Collection: Private collection, Courtesy Zeno X Gallery.

Marlene Dumas makes engaged portraits, infused with an oppressive unrest, and painted with a sometimes wild, hasty touch. It is no coincidence that precisely the work Magdalena will be shown in the exhibition, a dark and penetrating painting of a female figure turning around. It evokes associations with both disgust and resistance. The gesture conveyed by Marlene Dumas in this work expresses both a remarkable directness, but also an extreme reticence, which functions as a shield of sorts.

Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert

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