FRAGILITY, SENSUALITY AND POWER / by Leo Crane

Marlene Dumas, Snowflake, 1999

Marlene Dumas, Snowflake, 1999

Marlene Dumas' nudes are immediate and intimate portraits. Working from a photograph, she uses a delicate watercolour technique to breathe life back into an image frozen by the camera. The work is fragile yet compelling in its sensuality. For Snowflake, as in many of her pornographic nudes, she chooses an image that was no doubt originally captured for the male gaze and throws it back at us with tenderness and power.

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