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Here’s to the women artists, creating, daring, celebrating life. Maria Lassnig was an Austrian artist known for her painted self portraits and her theory of “body awareness”.
Her art was about exploring the insecurities associated with the internal sensations of the body by shamelessly exhibiting, for our viewing pleasure, her own body in paintings and drawings.
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The Austrian artist Maria Lassnig who has died aged 94, represented the naked body with startling honesty. Fluid strokes of bright paint vividly suggested the colour and texture of her own ageing skin, although the personas that she adopted were often extremely ambiguous. Lassnig achieved recognition from the 1940s onwards throughout mainland Europe and, later, the US but it was not until 2008, at the age of nearly 90, that she was given her first solo exhibition in Britain, to critical acclaim.