Maria Lassnig
Austrian, 1919-2014
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Maria Lassnig: A Painting Survey, 1950 – 2007,
Hauser & Wirth
MARIA LASSNIG Body Awareness. Druckgrafik aus New York,
Barbara Gross
Maria Lassnig - der ort der bilder,
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

Maria Lassnig is known for her psychologically charged figurative paintings and works on paper, often semi-abstract, fleshy nudes and energetic, contorted self-portraits employing sparsely painted fields and extreme exploration of the body. Absorbing elements of automatism inspired by her studies with French writer, poet, and founder of Surrealism André Breton, Lassnig dubs her technique "body awareness" (representing the body as it is internally experienced rather than externally perceived). Her work also shows the influence of Surrealism, Expressionism, Viennese Actionism, and feminism.