Maria Lassnig

Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
18 May – 18 September 2016

Tate Liverpool presents the first retrospective in the UK of one of the most original painters of the twentieth century.

Featuring 40 large scale paintings that reveal her long standing exploration of the body and self-representation the exhibition spans her career; from work made during the 1940s in Vienna, periods spent in Paris and New York, her return to Austria in 1980 and paintings made in the final years of her life .

Influenced at an early stage by art movements that celebrate gestural, informal and spontaneous practice such as art informel, tachisme and surrealism, Lassnig developed a singular body of work, making boldly expressive, brightly coloured oil paintings with the human figure at the centre of her compositions. Using herself as the subject of her paintings, they address the fragility of the body, the ageing process and the passing of time.

Despite being largely underrepresented until recent years, Lassnig has played an influential role in the development of painting in the 20th and 21st centuries and her work has been met with critical acclaim and inspired other artists such as Paul McCarthy and Martin Kippenberger.

The exhibition will run in parallel with Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms. More information on the Francis Bacon exhibition at Tate Liverpool here.

More information: www.tate.org.uk

Double Self-Portrait with Camera 1974 (Doppelselbstporträt mit Kamera) 1974 © Maria Lassnig Foundation © Artothek of the Republic of Austria, permanent loan, Belvedere Vienna
Double Self-Portrait with Camera 1974
(Doppelselbstporträt mit Kamera) 1974
© Maria Lassnig Foundation © Artothek of the Republic of Austria, permanent loan, Belvedere Vienna
Expressive Self-portrait 1945 (Selbstporträt expressiv) 1945 © Maria Lassnig Foundation
Expressive Self-portrait 1945
(Selbstporträt expressiv) 1945
© Maria Lassnig Foundation
Maria Lassnig in her studio, Vienna 1982 Photo: Heimo Kuchling
Maria Lassnig in her studio, Vienna 1982
Photo: Heimo Kuchling
Maria Lassnig, Inside and Outside the Canvas IV 1984–5 (Innerhalb und außerhalb der Leinwand IV) 1984–5 © Maria Lassnig Foundation
Inside and Outside the Canvas IV 1984–5
(Innerhalb und außerhalb der Leinwand IV) 1984–5
© Maria Lassnig Foundation
Maria Lassnig, Lady with Brain c. 1990 (Dame mit Hirn) c. 1990 © Maria Lassnig Foundation
Lady with Brain c. 1990
(Dame mit Hirn) c. 1990
© Maria Lassnig Foundation
© Maria Lassnig Foundation. Photo: © Bettina Flitner
© Maria Lassnig Foundation. Photo: © Bettina Flitner
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