- Museum number
- Object: Der Unverdeckte (The Uncovered)
Der Unverdeckte (The Uncovered), Print in a folder of six etchings of human figures and one page of German text. 1969. Edition number 29/50.
- Production date
Height: 59.60 centimetres
Width: 47.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The following text was written about this group of etchings by Marwan by Horst Haack.
First there is the light from everywhere, an artificial light, whose core is circling far outside the space imposed on it. Inside another who has made its conquests. Thus it is presenting itself: pale and inflated - challenging. One who has disguised itself. Itself is uncovered: an obnoxious swelling, top-heavy, bright from within and unclear to the outside. It is not that it's collapsing. It is well-defined with solid contours. Only - these are vaguely placed, as if the body shall still be growing. Not the head. It is a bag which is spreading, it is a fleshy vessel not allowing neither daydreams nor nightmares to leak from it, in which ill-humour and horniness pore over each other silently. A head with eyes whose tears are running inwards. These look good on him, these daily eyes, this mouth and the posture of someone who turned his back. Thus he needed to approach. She stands very close behind him. And as he is standing motionless, she is putting her hands into his pockets. Wordlessly. She borrowed her shoes and a bit of her pride. He closes his eyes and sees her totally distinct. There she is, the beautiful friend with an exposed face. A bit drained and very young, this image he never wants to loose. When he stands up from the embrace, he shakes for a bit as if he must find a decision. In fact the contraction of his heated body started already. One can easily follow how each and every strive takes its predetermined field. To limit his splodgy body, the lines become stronger and start to get stuck. In a few minutes he will set himself apart distinctively from the woman and the usual objects of nature. In a drifty room, very spacious and furnished, he is laying for himself, alone. A cold afternoon light is spilled. In it someone who has exposed. Someone who has seen himself with leather shells which otherwise cover her feet. He has recognized himself, and what he saw pleases him. That is what I have seen in the etchings of MARWAN.
These powerful early etchings depict a series of figures in different poses. They reflect a darkness that has continued to characterise Marwan’s work, the best known of which are large scale oil paintings and watercolours often depicting heads. He wrote ‘My art is quite confrontational. People don’t always like it, as they often want something more “sweet”’.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 11 Jul-4 Nov, London, BM, G34, 'From the figurative to the abstract: modern art of the Arab world'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- received April 2014; deposit book no. 1102 (ex-6502)
- Middle East
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