Maria Lassnig

Body Awareness (Self-portrait), 1958

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The painter's awareness of her body provides the impetus for her painting. In a spontaneous painting process, Maria Lassnig tries to use »reality colours«, a »feeling of pressure while sitting and lying« or »feelings of tension and spatial expansion« (Lassnig) in layers of paint applied with a spatula. The discussion here revolves around the awareness of one's own body and the question of how and, indeed, whether such processes can be depicted.

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