THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON


Marlene Dumas

BORN 1953 | KUILS RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA

 




Currently, this work is not on view to the public.

German Witch, 2000
Ink and acrylic on paper
90 ¼ x 35 ½ inches
Fractional and promised gift of Beth and Anthony Terrana


German Witch, one of Marlene Dumas's signature large-scale watercolors, is rendered with a finely modulated monochromatic wash and tonal accents. The effect is both fluid and sensuous, alluding to the voluptuous fleshy nudes of her Flemish forebear Rubens. The image also has a mysterious side, as the figure turns to look over her shoulder at an unknown subject before flying away on a tiny broomstick. In 2001, the ICA presented an exhibition of Dumas' work One Hundred Models and Endless Rejects.



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