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Untitled

A work made of graphite on ivory wove paper.
© Karl Wirsum.

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  • A work made of graphite on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1969

Artist:

Karl Wirsum
American, 1939-2021

About this artwork

A talented draftsman, Wirsum has said that he never draws directly from the figure, though he does draw from life. The artist’s powerful visual memory allows him to construct bizarre images such as this female-like form whose disproportionate body is rendered both comedic and threatening. Foreshortened so that we view her from below, Wirsum’s figure appears to come from a nightmarish circus of the mind.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Karl Wirsum

Title

Untitled

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1969

Medium

Graphite on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

43.3 × 35.6 cm (17 1/16 × 14 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Thomas Baron in honor of Dr. Joel Heller and Mark Belokon

Reference Number

2014.148

Copyright

© Karl Wirsum.

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