Tate Liverpool presents a major exhibition of works by Austrian artist Maria Lassnig (1919–2014), now considered one of the most original painters of the twentieth century. Spanning her career from the 1940s in Vienna to periods spent in Paris and New York, the exhibition will reveal her long-standing interest in expressing subjective, bodily experience and self-representation.
Influenced at an early stage in her career by approaches to abstract art, Lassnig developed a singular body of work, making bold, brightly-coloured oil paintings. Ranging from Expressive Self-Portrait 1945, which reveals the early influence of Austrian expressionists, to Self-Portrait as a Monster 1964 and the late Self-Portrait with Brush 2010–13, the exhibition will include around 40 paintings, works on paper and animations focusing on Lassnig’s committed exploration of the notion of self-portraiture and the boundaries between the self and the world.
The exhibition will run in parallel with Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms.