Marlene Dumas Part II

Post Five
August, the proverbial dog days of summer, is a good time to look back on the past year. Today begins a five post series reviewing the top blog posts (via web traffic) this year.

These are single works with some details to show the surface texture. The ink drawings posted yesterday are extremely fluid and forms evaporate in front of your eyes. I enjoyed looking at the paintings and studying how that translated into paint. Her most successful works are the ones with the greatest restraint, when the portraits breathe and the flesh trembles and the paint is barely there.  Here are a couple examples.

Marlene Dumas, For Whom the Bell Tolls


detail
Marlene Dumas, The White Disease, 1985
detail, The White Disease


Dumas, Osama Bin Laden


detail, Osama bin Laden

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