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  • Provenance

    Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
    Private Collection, France

  • 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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Nude going up the staircase

1987
drawing and watercolour on paper
41.5 × 29.5 cm (16 3/8 × 11 5/8 in)
Titled and dated ‘nude going up the staircase. 172.87’ lower right.

Estimate
£10,000 - 15,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 June 2012
London