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Metro Pictures, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
American • 1949
Satire and sexuality meet Carroll Dunham's vivid brush in the artist's often large-scale fantasy worlds. His eye-popping cartoonish veneer takes a cue from Philip Guston while his primitive "visual language" of faceless figures continues a long line of tradition—think back to Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Though Dunham jumps between abstraction, figuration, pop, surrealism and cartoon, his works almost exclusively center on the subject of women's sexuality. He also favors painting, though he has delved into prints, works-on-paper and sculpture. His paintings can be seen as contemporary variations on nineteenth-century portraiture of women bathing, injected with similar concerns of those classical and early modernist artists.
signed and dated "C. Dunham 1/4/98" upper edge
pencil on paper
6 3/8 x 8 1/2 in. (16.2 x 21.6 cm)
Executed in 1998.
$1,500 - 2,000
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