Marlene Dumas - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 28, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Christie's, New York, Post-War and Contemporary Art (Afternoon Session), 12 May 2004, lot 326
    Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Artist with Hidden Agenda

Gouache, watercolour and graphite on paper
28.2 x 24.4 cm (11 1/8 x 9 5/8 in)
Signed, titled and dated 'M Dumas, Artist with hidden agenda, 1994' upper right.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £23,750

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 June 2012