The subjects of Marlene Dumas’s paintings are drawn from both personal and public and personal references - from self-portraits and images of her daughter, to famous faces such as Amy Winehouse and Osama bin Laden. Assistant Curator Fiontan Moran uncovers the artist's ability to depict life in all its complexity on canvas in her painting of one of Hollywood's greatest actresses, Ingrid Bergman

  • Marlene Dumas For Whom the Bell Tolls 2008
    Marlene Dumas For Whom the Bell Tolls 2008

Marlene Dumas is interested in emotions that are often represented in cinema but rarely in contemporary painting. In For Whom the Bell Tolls she used an image of Ingrid Bergman from the film of the same name to convey the experience of sorrow and mourning, through a variety of experimental painting techniques. This startling painting was in part a response to the loss of her mother in 2007.

This is the fourth article in our Close up series on artworks on display in our Marlene Dumas exhibition

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden is on display at Tate Modern from 5 February - 10 May 2015