Frau und Mann
(Woman and Man)

Oil on canvas
210 x 206.5 cm / 82 5/8 x 81 1/4 in
213 x 210.5 x 4.2 cm / 83 7/8 x 82 7/8 x 1 5/8 in (framed)

‘I don’t know why I painted this sharp blue or this sharp green, but I think that it can express the intensity of a burning sensation across cheeks and neck.’
—Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig

Born in Carinthia in Southern Austria in 1919, Maria Lassnig’s (1919 – 2014) work is based on the observation of the physical presence of the body and what she termed ‘body awareness’, or ‘Körpergefühl’ in German. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in the midst of the Second World War. Then, in post-war Europe, she quickly moved away from the state-approved academic realism in which she was trained, looking to Austria’s own avant-garde past, such as the coloration of Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele’s expressionist treatment of figuration.