T04998 Lisi 1976
Ink, wax crayon and gouache on light-weight wove paper 295 × 208 (11 5/8 × 8 1/8)
Inscribed ‘M.R.’ within an oval and ‘76’ b.r.
Purchased from Galerie Stähli, Zürich (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Exh: Markus Raetz: Arbeiten 1962 bis 1986, Kunsthaus, Zürich, June–Aug. 1986 (119, repr. in col.)
‘Lisi’ depicts a female nude drawn with black wax crayon and white gouache. The ground has been given a brown wash, modulated with areas of purple. Although the work is called ‘Lisi’, a Swiss-German nickname for a young girl, the figure is derived from a nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe, taken before she became a celebrity and used as a pin-up in a calendar. The artist was given a small reproduction of this photograph, which had hung in a cinema entrance, by a friend in 1976…