Wilhelm Sasnal - Contemporary Artists

Portrait of Rodchenko, Lady

Portrait of Rodchenko, Lady The Saatchi Gallery
 

Wilhelm Sasnal

Portrait of Rodchenko, Lady

2002
Oil on Canvas

30 x 30cm

For Wilhelm Sasnal, painting is imperative as a means to challenge traditional expectations of representation and perception. Through the personal intervention of making, his subject matter becomes distorted. Images are pared down to their barest essentials and estranged from their original context and meaning.

Portrait of Rodchenko, Lady resurrects the photographer’s iconic image. Gone is her golden Soviet virtue, replaced by a fiercely dark shadow. Wilhelm Sasnal’s reconstruction is a hollow memento, a death mask of a graven image.
 
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