The Easel

Maria Lassnig: under the skin

Maria Lassnig was devoted to one subject: self-portraits. Not a literal depiction, but the sensation of her body. Recognition came after decades of being ignored – when she died in her 90’s she was described as a rising star. And perhaps those years in obscurity rankled: “An avant-gardist discovered late isn’t an avant-gardist. In hindsight it can’t be appreciated how advanced my work was.” An interview with the artist is here.

Image: Maria Lassnig Foundation