Artist: Jenny Saville (British, born Cambridge 1970)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 108 x 144 1/8 in. (274.3 x 366.1 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Martin and Toni Sosnoff, 2011
Accession Number: 2011.516
Rights and Reproduction: © Jenny Saville
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.