Marlene DumasLucy 2004

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Artist
Marlene Dumas (born 1953)
Title
Lucy
Date 2004
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1103 x 1303 x 24 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Foundation Dutch Artworks and Bank Giro Loterij 2007
Reference
T12313
Not on display

Summary

Lucy is a large, nearly square-format painting showing the face of somebody lying down, seen at a three-quarter angle. Enlarged to giant proportions, and filling almost the entire picture frame, the subject’s face, neck and shoulder are made up of large areas of blank canvas suggesting the blankness of dead flesh. The face has no features which identify it as either male or female. The eyes are shut and the mouth has fallen open, as though in the relaxation of death. Dumas used touches of the same yellow paint around the subject’s nose and mouth that she used to depict her blonde hair, adding to the sense of bloodless and lifeless flesh… (read more)

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