Little Boy

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  • Provenance

    Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1991

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Human Condition, October 1 - November 30, 2016

  • Artist Bio

    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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Little Boy

signed "M. Dumas" lower left; titled and dated "Little boy 1991" upper right
watercolor on paper
13 x 7 1/2 in. (33 x 19.1 cm.)
Executed in 1991.

Estimate
$12,000 - 18,000 

sold for $20,000

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Rebekah Bowling
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Afternoon Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019