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Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid

Alteveer, Ian, with a contribution by Adam Eaker
2023
140 pages
81 illustrations
9 x 10.5 in.
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Cecily Brown (b. 1969) transfixes viewers with sumptuous color, bravura brushwork, and complex narratives that relate to some of European painting’s grandest and most time-honored themes, including still life motifs and meditations on mortality through vanitas This intimate survey of the acclaimed British painter reexamines the work of an artist whose influential output references both modern heavyweights, such as Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, and Joan Mitchell, and Old Masters like Goya, Hogarth, Manet, and Rubens. The book features 21 paintings and 26 works on paper—drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks, and monotypes—that span the three decades of Brown’s career to date, including recently completed and never-before-published works. A conversation with the artist provides insight into her process and sources, while an insightful essay situates Brown in the lineage of the great artists of the last five hundred years.

Death and the Woman, Edvard Munch  Norwegian, Drypoint
1894–95
Wall of Water IX, Maggi Hambling  British, Oil on canvas
2012
Fair of Face, Full of Woe, Cecily Brown  British, Oil on canvas
2008
Girl with a Cat, Gwen John  British, Oil on canvas
1918–22
Still Life with Rayfish, Chaim Soutine  French, born Lithuania, Oil on canvas
ca. 1924
The Horse Fair, Rosa Bonheur  French, Oil on canvas
1852–55
The Funeral, Edouard Manet  French, Oil on canvas
ca. 1867
Christ's Descent into Hell, Hieronymus Bosch  Netherlandish, Oil on wood
Fish Market, Joachim Beuckelaer  Netherlandish, Oil on Baltic oak
1568
Samson Captured by the Philistines, Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)  Italian, Oil on canvas
1619
Venus and Adonis, Peter Paul Rubens  Flemish, Oil on canvas
probably mid-1630s

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Benjamin, Elizabeth, Ian Alteveer, and Adam Eaker. 2023. Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.