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  • Still, 2003
    Jenny Saville (British, born 1970)
    Oil on canvas

    108 x 144 1/8 in. (274.3 x 366.1 cm)
    Gift of Martin and Toni Sosnoff, 2011 (2011.516)

    Still is based on a photograph of a woman's head in a morgue. Her matted hair, like the sagging flesh of her face, falls to one side, pulled downward by the force of gravity. The whole is cast in a beautiful but eerie blue light, and the two round forms at the upper right, presumably examination lights, add a haunting note. Jenny Saville applies her varied palette of oil colors in broad, fluid strokes, building a rich painterly surface she likens to layers of flesh. The creamy textures and opalescent hues seduce the eye yet seem at odds with the gruesome nature of the subject.

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    Still, 2003
    Jenny Saville (British, born 1970)
    Oil on canvas

    108 x 144 1/8 in. (274.3 x 366.1 cm)
    Gift of Martin and Toni Sosnoff, 2011 (2011.516)


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