Norbert Witzgall

German, b. 1976

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Norbert Witzgall

German, b. 1976

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Playing with stylistic and iconographic references, Norbert Witzgall’s paintings defy the traditional conventions of portraiture. He appropriates portraits found in magazines, family photo albums, and Old Master paintings as source material for his depictions of celebrities and friends. Rather than reproduce the image in its entirety, Norbert zeroes in on one or a few features of the original portrait, typically setting his subjects in a non-descriptive or distorted space. Some works incorporate elements of collage in the manner of Dada, such as Winnie (2007), in which a scattering of pressed blue flowers enhance the blueness of the subject dress and her blueish-tinged face. Witzgall’s enigmatic, idealized portraits explore tensions between passion and detachment, fiction and memory.

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Playing with stylistic and iconographic references, Norbert Witzgall’s paintings defy the traditional conventions of portraiture. He appropriates portraits found in magazines, family photo albums, and Old Master paintings as source material for his depictions of celebrities and friends. Rather than reproduce the image in its entirety, Norbert zeroes in on one or a few features of the original portrait, typically setting his subjects in a non-descriptive or distorted space. Some works incorporate elements of collage in the manner of Dada, such as Winnie (2007), in which a scattering of pressed blue flowers enhance the blueness of the subject dress and her blueish-tinged face. Witzgall’s enigmatic, idealized portraits explore tensions between passion and detachment, fiction and memory.

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