Magda Cordell

No. 12

1960

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Artist
Magda Cordell 1921–2008
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1524 x 1016 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2013
Reference
T13813

Not on display

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Cordell’s paintings of women drew much critical attention at a time when American abstract expressionism and action painting was being assessed alongside European tachisme and the art brut of Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985). Here Cordell’s figure appears as both earth mother and embryo shown in a state of change and renewal. Such a metaphor was common in the 1950s where the body was often depicted as fragile and at threat, both bodily and psychologically, yet Cordell was rare in having extended this idiom to encompass the female body.

Gallery label, September 2016

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