About This Artwork

Peter Doig
Scottish, born 1959

Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre, 2000/02

Oil on canvas
196 x 296 cm (77 1/8 x 116 1/2 in.)

Private collection, partial and promised gift to The Art Institute of Chicago in honor of James Rondeau, 2003.433

Peter Doig creates dreamlike paintings, influenced by the likes of Edvard Munch and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, that combine a hallucinatory palette with expressive brushwork. Here the image of the two men derives from a photograph taken when the artist was working as a dresser at the London Coliseum. One night, after a production of Igor Stravinsky’s Petrouchka (1911), Doig and a friend donned costumes from the performance and comically posed for a picture. The artist initially used this photograph as the basis for a figure study; he then superimposed the two men on a landscape borrowed from an antique postcard, depicting the vista from an old German tavern, Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre.

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