Published on the occasion of the exhibition Maria Lassnig: The Paris Years 1960–68 at Petzel, 456 W 18th Street, on view from November 4 - December 18, 2021.
The exhibition catalogue covers Lassnig’s formative years in Paris, showing over 20 important paintings she developed in her studio on Rue de Bagnolet. Lassnig left Vienna for Paris at a time when she felt there was not space for her in the city’s male-dominated art circles, she proceeded to hold court with contemporaries in France until leaving for her next significant stay, her 12-year residence in New York.
Though she only resided in Paris for eight years, her time there was hugely formative to the movements, techniques, and bodies of work we’ve come to revere her for. As writer Lauren O’Neill-Butler notes in the catalogue’s essay, it was in Paris that Lassnig “…began to fully release herself from aesthetic constraints and developed a sense of freedom that became synonymous with her name. There, Lassnig took up the various isms she explored in her previous paintings—realism, expressionism, surrealism, tachism—and transformed them into something truly autonomous by simultaneously turning more fully to herself, to her sensations, lived experiences, and physical embodiment.”
There has yet to be much scholarship on this period of her life and work, Petzel is pleased to be able to illustrate a portion of this crucial mid-career moment alongside writings from Lassnig’s diaries and letters throughout those years.
Published by Petzel, 2021
Hardcover, 80 Pages, English, 8 x 10.4 inches