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© Leon Golub /Bildupphovsrätt 2019
Artist:Leon Golub
On View:Stockholm
Leon Golub
1922 - 2004
United States Mao Tse-Tung II (in Sarcophagus), 1978
Mao Tse-Tung II (i sarkofag)
Akryl på linne
45,5 x 59 cm
Purchase 2002
MOM/2002/72 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Leon Golub became a leading figure in the Chicago art movement in the 1950s that explored figuration, often with expressionist imagery portraying human brutality. His motifs were scraped into the paint, and he collected pictures of body parts from newspapers to use in his compositions. Golub was confrontational, forever scrutinising society and abuse of power, not least in the USA. War and violence create monsters, but the oppressor and the oppressed are equally victims, he said. Golub had worked as a cartographer during the Second World War. The image of the Chinese dictator Mao Zedong is matter-of-fact, as though this were any old dead man. Leon Golub made several pictures of Mao in his “Portraits of Power” series.
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