The Austrian artist Maria Lassnig (1919-2014) was one of the most important painters of the twentieth century. This timely publication spans her prolific career from the 1940s to her later life. Lassnig developed a singular aesthetic, making boldly expressive, brightly coloured oil paintings with human figures always at the centre of her compositions. Alongside her signature self-portraits, the book features her paintings showing bodies morphed with objects and mechanical devices, examples of Lassnig's still lives, and rarely seen paintings triggered by political events. A collection of new essays provide a fascinating context for understanding Lassnig's extensive oeuvre. Setting her work within the broader context of contemporary debates, this important new publication reveals an artist of huge international significance.
Kasia Redzisz is Senior Curator at Tate Liverpool. Catherine Wood is Senior Curator, International Art - Performance, at Tate Modern. Peter Eleey is Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programmes at MoMA/PS1 in New York.