Marlene Dumas (b. 1953)
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Marlene Dumas (b. 1953)

That Type of Girl

Marlene Dumas (b. 1953)
That Type of Girl
signed and dated 'Marlene Dumas 1998' (lower right); titled 'That Type of Girl' (upper right)
ink wash and watercolour on paper
49¼ x 27 5/8in. (125 x 70cm.)
Executed in 1998
Le Case D'Arte, Milan.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1998.
Pathologiae: sechs Frauen, ein Zufall, sei donne per casa, exh. cat., Bolzano, Museion - Museum für Moderne Kunst, 1999 (illustrated, p. 34).
B. Bloom, M. Casadio, D. van den Boogered & I. Bonacossa (eds.), Marlene Dumas, London 2009 (illustrated in colour, p. 89).
Milan, Palazzo della Triennale, Triennale di Milano, A Noir, 1998.
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'In Marlene Dumas' thinking as an artist, form, content and medium are interlinked terms. She activates the water-colours - water and colour in their 'union' - as a substance that is congruent in both form and content and that in its painterly-graphical structuring seeks a union with human elements of expression in the physiognomy of the painting. It is Dumas' trenchant sensuality, the eroticism of the water-colour - in the application of the paint, its characteristic style, its contouring - which directly transforms body language into metaphysical language. The 'eternal triangle' of form - content - medium has a middle. The centre is the reflection of self in the other - the personal and metaphysical alter ego, which is echoed in artistic expression. These substantial, personally charged water-colours correspond with an extremely differentiated, committed, 'quick-witted' written language, which Marlene Dumas ties into her thinking as an artist.' (T. Osterold, 'Water-colours as Physiognomies', in Marlene Dumas Wet Dreams: Watercolours, exh. cat., Ravensburg, Städtische Galerie Ravensburg 2003, p. 20.)

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