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Jim Dine

Blood's on the river now

oil and charcoal on linen
2005
274,3 x 274,3 cm / 108 x 108 in.

Jim Dine’s main concern has always been "to paint what you are". In the early 1960s, when he painted simple household items as symbols for the human existence, with a special reference to his childhood memories of his parents' hardware store, his art was an expression of the consciousness of his own identity. He always communicates his experiences on a metaphoric and emotional level, not as anecdotes of occurrences in his life. This is also evident in the "Bathrobe Paintings", a series of self portraits he started in 1964, which are conceived as abstract symbols for the male self. This motif, which he found by accident in a newspaper clip, lives on in the headless bodies. These works are about how an artist forces his Ego on the world and simultaneously they universalize this experience.

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