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Barbro Östlihn
1930 - 1995
France, United States, Born Sweden Maria Magdalena, 1968
Mary Magdalen
Olja på duk
255 x 230 cm
Transferred 2005 from Public Art Agency Sweden
MOM/2005/15 This artwork is not on display
- About the work
Barbro Östlihn's oeuvre defies simplistic categorisation. It does not fit in with male-dominated minimalism, nor with pop art. Nor do its severe architectonic compositions match the forms of expression that were regarded as "feminine" in the 1960s and 1970s. The interpretations span from seeing veritable spiritual and existential qualities in her paintings, to discerning traces of eastern ornamentalism. Others experience her works as strict compositions radiating control and introversion. At around the time when Mary Magdalen was painted, Östlihn took part in the Pop Art exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London, and created the diptych The Cold War, which shows two rifle cartridges, one from the USA and one from the USSR.
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