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  • Provenance

    Flatland Galerie, Utrecht
    Private Collection, Utrecht (acquired from the above in 1986)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Utrecht, Flatland Galerie, Marlene Dumas: The Artist as a Young Girl, October 10 - November 10, 1984
    Utrecht, Museum Overholland, Marlene Dumas: Couples, February 3 - April 1, 1990
    Utrecht, Ornis A. Gallery, Personalities on paper, November 4 - December 16, 2012

  • Artist Biography

    Marlene Dumas

    South African • 1953

    Marlene Dumas was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and raised on her family’s vineyard in the countryside. After beginning her art degree at the University of Cape Town, she decided to continue her studies in the Netherlands: the country where she’d build her career as an artist, and still lives today. In 1995, she represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale. 

    Dumas is best known as a painter, using both oil and watercolor. She typically works from a reference photograph, which could be purchased, from her own camera roll or collected from print media. Her work focuses on the human body, and though figurative, she often distorts her subjects with loose, painterly brushstrokes to make plain their emotional state. Deeply influenced by growing up during Apartheid, Dumas’ work centers around themes of repression, misogyny, violence and sexuality. Today, Dumas is one of the most expensive living female artists at auction, with her work first selling for over $1 million in 2004. 

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Exotic Death, Beyond the Usual Alternatives

signed, titled and dated "Exotic Death, beyond the usual alternatives Marlene '84" lower edge
gouache, oil and pencil on paper
19 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (48.8 x 56.6 cm.)
Executed in 1984.

$10,000 - 15,000 

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New York Auction 28 February 2018