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Maria Lassnig

Galerie Busche

Throughout her long career as a painter Maria Lassnig has focused her work resolutely and relentlessly on her own body. Since the late ’40s she has questioned how she can experience her body as a part of her perception, her thinking, her inventiveness, and her pain; it is not merely the object of her work, it is part of her self. Lassnig sinks, so to speak, into her body, using paint to communicate the results of what she finds. Her methods of painting have changed over the decades: sometimes she paints more abstractly, sometimes almost realistically—and then abstractly again. But Lassnig has always remained true to her project. The works in this show, from various phases, move between abstract and realistic work, and offer a broad overview of her range.

In Spannungsfiguration (Tension figuration, 1961), the oldest work here, Lassnig travels through a constant give-and-take between the

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