Marlene Dumas


Marlene Dumas (b. 1953) is a South African-born artist who pioneered a revival in figurative painting at the end of the 20th century.

Her works frequently evoke watercolor or gestural aesthetic despite her varying media.

This signature style is brilliantly realized in this piece, "Alan Turing". 

Dumas has repeatedly portrayed characters - both polemic and political - throughout her career. 

This work originated as part of her contribution to Manifesta 10, which took place in 2014 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dumas wanted to respond to the country's increasing persecution and anti-gay legislation.

"Great Men" included 16 portraits of famous gay men including Rudolf Nureyev, Oscar Wilde, Tchaikovsky, Tennessee Williams...and Alan Turing. 

This piece is a prime example of Dumas' visual language, depicting and describing the tragedy of Alan Turing's demise, and hauntingly locking a gaze that is truly convicting.

To learn more about Alan Turing, Caviar20 highly recommends the film "The Imitation Game"

Today Dumas is based in Amsterdam.

Her work can be found today among numerous international public collections including the MoMA (NYC), the Tate (London), the Art Institute of Chicago and Centre Pompidou (Paris). 

Additional images available on request. 

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"Alan Turing"

Signed, dated and numbered by the artist.

From an edition of 100.

Piezograpohic print with original portfolio

Holland, 2015

17"H 13.75"W 

Excellent condition.


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