Marlene Dumas - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
    Stockholms Auktionsverk, February 17, 2004, lot 273
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Malmö Konsthall, The Particularity of Being Human: Marlene Dumas - Francis Bacon, March 18 - May 14, 1995

  • 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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The Last Years of Willem de Kooning

titled "The Last Years of Willem De Kooning" upper edge
ink, watercolor and graphite on paper
11 1/8 x 9 5/8 in. (28.3 x 24.4 cm.)
Executed in 1994, this work is accompanied by a photo-certificate, signed by the artist.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $60,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017