© Marcia Hafif/Bildupphovsrätt 2019
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Category:Paintings
Date:1980s
On View:Stockholm
Artist
Marcia Hafif
1929 - 2018
United States Transparent Painting: Ultramarine Blue, 1982
Transparent målning: Ultramarinblå
Oil on canvas
Bildmått: 213,5 × 213,5 cm Yttermått: 213,5 × 213,5 × 4 cm
Paintings
Donation 2017 from Claes Nordenhake
MOM/2017/75 On view at Stockholm
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- About the work

In the early 1970s, Marcia Hafif bought pigments of every colour and learned how to make her own paint. She experimented to find out how each colour reacted to different treatments. In this painting, ultramarine is the main protagonist; applied with wild gestures, it alternates between transparency and opacity. Blue usually makes us think of sky and sea, but here it only seems to represent itself. Hafif helped start the Radical Painting movement in the 1980s, which sought to increase the relevance of painting and gathered artists in discussions about the monochrome. Later, she explained that she did not identify herself as a painter primarily, as her works are neither abstract nor depictions of nature.


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