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Ernst Yohji Jaeger, Untitled 11, 2020, oil on canvas, 39 3⁄8 × 31 1⁄4".

Ernst Yohji Jaeger, Untitled 11, 2020, oil on canvas, 39 3⁄8 × 31 1⁄4".

Ernst Yohji Jaeger

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The recent oil paintings of Ernst Yohji Jaeger—dreamlike, sensual, and restrained—convey a powerful sense of solitude. Even in the rare works depicting multiple figures, his characters seem cocooned within their own internal worlds. In Untitled 5, 2019, a head swathed in velvet shadows watches an apricot sailboat drift across a surreal expanse of jade. In Untitled 6, 2019, a young man with feline features looks down at his hand, stretching what might be a dew-strung spiderweb, or pearlescent strands of semen, between his thumb and forefinger. Darkness suffuses the hazy landscape behind him: horizontal bands of amethyst, blue, and emerald punctuated by a single tree. Jaeger has a talent for twilight scenes, for creating colors at once rich and subdued, and these subtly layered works glowed like sunsets seen through smoke, or as miniature Mark Rothkos might in a darkened room. Like a privately

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