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Drawings

Petzel is pleased to present Drawings, an exhibition of works on paper by Austrian artist Maria Lassnig (1919–2014). On view at the gallery’s Upper East Side location at 35 East 67th Street, Parlor Floor from May 15 to June 22, 2024, the exhibition spans the artist’s career in 32 works created from 1955 to 2009, revealing insight into the importance of drawing in Maria Lassnig’s oeuvre.

Maria Lassnig - Drawings - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

Maria Lassnig notes in 1992, “The drawing is closest to the moment. Every moment has only one possibility.” Interested in the immediacy of the medium, she dedicated a large part of her artistic practice to producing drawings. Known for her “body awareness painting,” Lassnig’s works on paper are intimately connected to her singular approach, translating interior bodily sensations to line and value on the page. Concerning the connection between both forms, Lassnig states, “Every drawing is a prevented oil painting, because I do not repeat a drawing in an oil painting, [my drawings] are autonomous.”

Maria Lassnig

Blaue Figur auf Rot

(Blue Figure on Red)

1956

Gouache on paper

30.25 x 23.25 inches

77.2 x 59.8 cm

(ML 24/002)

Maria Lassnig

Blaue Figur auf Rot

(Blue Figure on Red)

1956

Gouache on paper

30.25 x 23.25 inches

77.2 x 59.8 cm

(ML 24/002)

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Maria Lassnig

Halbprofil

(Three-Quarter Profile)

1955

Gouache on paper

20 x 26.25 inches

51 x 66.7 cm

(ML 24/001)

Maria Lassnig

Halbprofil

(Three-Quarter Profile)

1955

Gouache on paper

20 x 26.25 inches

51 x 66.7 cm

(ML 24/001)

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Maria Lassnig

Wie am Gartenzaun

(Like Beside the Garden Fence)

1961

Watercolor on paper

28.25 x 37.75 inhes

72 x 96 cm

(ML 24/003)

Maria Lassnig

Wie am Gartenzaun

(Like Beside the Garden Fence)

1961

Watercolor on paper

28.25 x 37.75 inhes

72 x 96 cm

(ML 24/003)

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Maria Lassnig

Körperkuppel

(Body Dome)

1961

Watercolor on paper

26 x 32 inches

66 x 81 cm

(ML 24/004)

Maria Lassnig

Körperkuppel

(Body Dome)

1961

Watercolor on paper

26 x 32 inches

66 x 81 cm

(ML 24/004)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1970-1979

Pencil on paper

30.5 x 23.5 inches

77.2 x 60 cm

(ML 24/005)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1970-1979

Pencil on paper

30.5 x 23.5 inches

77.2 x 60 cm

(ML 24/005)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.3 inches

75 x 60 cm

(ML 24/025)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.3 inches

75 x 60 cm

(ML 24/025)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.6 inches

75 x 60 cm

(ML 24/026)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.6 inches

75 x 60 cm

(ML 24/026)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2008

Pencil on paper

24.75 x 31.6 inches

62.8 x 80.3 x 4 cm

(ML 24/030)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2008

Pencil on paper

24.75 x 31.6 inches

62.8 x 80.3 x 4 cm

(ML 24/030)

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Maria Lassnig

Der selbstzufriedene Filosof

(The Self-Satisfied Philosopher)

ca. 2005-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.5 inches

74.9 x 59.8 cm

(ML 24/029)

Maria Lassnig

Der selbstzufriedene Filosof

(The Self-Satisfied Philosopher)

ca. 2005-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.5 inches

74.9 x 59.8 cm

(ML 24/029)

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Maria Lassnig

Die Wahrheit steckt in der Nacht

(The truth is in the night)

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

26 x 33.9 inches

66 x 86 cm

(ML 24/024)

Maria Lassnig

Die Wahrheit steckt in der Nacht

(The truth is in the night)

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

26 x 33.9 inches

66 x 86 cm

(ML 24/024)

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Maria Lassnig

Mann und Frau

(Man and Woman)

2004

Pencil, colored pencil, watercolor on paper

17.5 x 23.6 inches

44.4 x 60 cm

(ML 23/010)

Maria Lassnig

Mann und Frau

(Man and Woman)

2004

Pencil, colored pencil, watercolor on paper

17.5 x 23.6 inches

44.4 x 60 cm

(ML 23/010)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

26 x 33.9 inches

66.1 x 86.1 cm

(ML 24/028)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

26 x 33.9 inches

66.1 x 86.1 cm

(ML 24/028)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil, watercolour, acrylic on paper

19.7 x 27.6 inches

50 x 70 cm

(ML 23/009)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil, watercolour, acrylic on paper

19.7 x 27.6 inches

50 x 70 cm

(ML 23/009)

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Maria Lassnig

Halbprofil

(Three-Quarter Profile)

1955

Gouache on paper

20 x 26.25 inches

51 x 66.7 cm

(ML 24/001)

Maria Lassnig

Halbprofil

(Three-Quarter Profile)

1955

Gouache on paper

20 x 26.25 inches

51 x 66.7 cm

(ML 24/001)

Maria Lassnig

Wie am Gartenzaun

(Like Beside the Garden Fence)

1961

Watercolor on paper

28.25 x 37.75 inhes

72 x 96 cm

(ML 24/003)

Maria Lassnig

Wie am Gartenzaun

(Like Beside the Garden Fence)

1961

Watercolor on paper

28.25 x 37.75 inhes

72 x 96 cm

(ML 24/003)

Maria Lassnig

Körperkuppel

(Body Dome)

1961

Watercolor on paper

26 x 32 inches

66 x 81 cm

(ML 24/004)

Maria Lassnig

Körperkuppel

(Body Dome)

1961

Watercolor on paper

26 x 32 inches

66 x 81 cm

(ML 24/004)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1970-1979

Pencil on paper

30.5 x 23.5 inches

77.2 x 60 cm

(ML 24/005)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1970-1979

Pencil on paper

30.5 x 23.5 inches

77.2 x 60 cm

(ML 24/005)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.3 inches

75 x 60 cm

(ML 24/025)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.3 inches

75 x 60 cm

(ML 24/025)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.6 inches

75 x 60 cm

(ML 24/026)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.6 inches

75 x 60 cm

(ML 24/026)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2008

Pencil on paper

24.75 x 31.6 inches

62.8 x 80.3 x 4 cm

(ML 24/030)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2008

Pencil on paper

24.75 x 31.6 inches

62.8 x 80.3 x 4 cm

(ML 24/030)

Maria Lassnig

Der selbstzufriedene Filosof

(The Self-Satisfied Philosopher)

ca. 2005-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.5 inches

74.9 x 59.8 cm

(ML 24/029)

Maria Lassnig

Der selbstzufriedene Filosof

(The Self-Satisfied Philosopher)

ca. 2005-2009

Pencil on paper

29.5 x 23.5 inches

74.9 x 59.8 cm

(ML 24/029)

Maria Lassnig

Die Wahrheit steckt in der Nacht

(The truth is in the night)

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

26 x 33.9 inches

66 x 86 cm

(ML 24/024)

Maria Lassnig

Die Wahrheit steckt in der Nacht

(The truth is in the night)

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

26 x 33.9 inches

66 x 86 cm

(ML 24/024)

Maria Lassnig

Mann und Frau

(Man and Woman)

2004

Pencil, colored pencil, watercolor on paper

17.5 x 23.6 inches

44.4 x 60 cm

(ML 23/010)

Maria Lassnig

Mann und Frau

(Man and Woman)

2004

Pencil, colored pencil, watercolor on paper

17.5 x 23.6 inches

44.4 x 60 cm

(ML 23/010)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

26 x 33.9 inches

66.1 x 86.1 cm

(ML 24/028)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil on paper

26 x 33.9 inches

66.1 x 86.1 cm

(ML 24/028)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil, watercolour, acrylic on paper

19.7 x 27.6 inches

50 x 70 cm

(ML 23/009)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil, watercolour, acrylic on paper

19.7 x 27.6 inches

50 x 70 cm

(ML 23/009)

Lassnig’s drawings become experimental fields for spontaneously placed lines and color fields, as in Blaue Figur auf Rot (Blue Figure on Red), 1956. These compositions take shape across a range of processes, using acrylic, watercolor, and goauche aspects to tint her pencil works on paper.

Maria Lassnig - Drawings - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

By bringing to the paper what she felt, not what she saw, Lassnig’s explorations of the subjective pith within are radically observed, producing images that represent immediate sensory impressions. Parallel to her introspective analysis through self-portraiture, Lassnig also observed the outside world–works on view include abstract depictions of a garden fence from the early 1960s in Wie am Gartenzaun (Like Beside the Garden Fence) as well as a kinetic scene between predator and prey from 1996 in Le buse (The Buzzard).

Maria Lassnig

Mensch mit der unglaublichen Sensibilität eines Hasen

(Person with the Incredible Sensitivity of a Rabbit)

ca. 1990-1999

Pencil on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/015)

Maria Lassnig

Mensch mit der unglaublichen Sensibilität eines Hasen

(Person with the Incredible Sensitivity of a Rabbit)

ca. 1990-1999

Pencil on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/015)

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Maria Lassnig

Zerfranst (Frayed)

1983

Pencil on paper

24.75 x 31.5 inches

62.8 x 80.3 cm

(ML 24/007)

Maria Lassnig

Zerfranst (Frayed)

1983

Pencil on paper

24.75 x 31.5 inches

62.8 x 80.3 cm

(ML 24/007)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1983

Pencil on paper

24 x 30 inches

60.9 x 76.3 cm

(ML 24/008)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1983

Pencil on paper

24 x 30 inches

60.9 x 76.3 cm

(ML 24/008)

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Maria Lassnig

Selfportrait als Harlekin

(Self-Portrait as Harlequin)

1974

Pencil on paper

24.5 x 30 inches

62.6 x 75.8 cm

(ML 24/006)

Maria Lassnig

Selfportrait als Harlekin

(Self-Portrait as Harlequin)

1974

Pencil on paper

24.5 x 30 inches

62.6 x 75.8 cm

(ML 24/006)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

Pencil and watercolor on paper

ca. 1990-1999

34 x 26 inches

86.2 x 66.2 cm

(ML 24/012)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

Pencil and watercolor on paper

ca. 1990-1999

34 x 26 inches

86.2 x 66.2 cm

(ML 24/012)

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Maria Lassnig

Prinz Augeen

(Prince Eyegene)

1990

Pencil and watercolor on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/011)

Maria Lassnig

Prinz Augeen

(Prince Eyegene)

1990

Pencil and watercolor on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/011)

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Maria Lassnig

Der Rücken

(The Back)

1987

Watercolor on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/010)

Maria Lassnig

Der Rücken

(The Back)

1987

Watercolor on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/010)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1987-1995

Pastel and watercolor on paper

32 x 26.1 inches

81.4 x 66.4 cm

(ML 24/009)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1987-1995

Pastel and watercolor on paper

32 x 26.1 inches

81.4 x 66.4 cm

(ML 24/009)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1997

Pencil on paper

16.9 x 20.75 inches

42.8 x 52.8 cm

(ML 24/020)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1997

Pencil on paper

16.9 x 20.75 inches

42.8 x 52.8 cm

(ML 24/020)

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Maria Lassnig

Kössönöm

(Thank You)

1990

Pencil and watercolor on paper

30.5 x 23.75 in

77.6 x 60.3 cm

(ML 24/013)

Maria Lassnig

Kössönöm

(Thank You)

1990

Pencil and watercolor on paper

30.5 x 23.75 in

77.6 x 60.3 cm

(ML 24/013)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil and acrylic on paper

21.9 x 17.9 inches

55.6 x 45.5 cm

(ML 24/023)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil and acrylic on paper

21.9 x 17.9 inches

55.6 x 45.5 cm

(ML 24/023)

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Maria Lassnig

Der Hai in der Yps [Ybbs]

(The Shark in the River Ybbs)

1998

Charcoal on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/021)

Maria Lassnig

Der Hai in der Yps [Ybbs]

(The Shark in the River Ybbs)

1998

Charcoal on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/021)

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Maria Lassnig

Le buse

(The Buzzard)

Pencil on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/018)

Maria Lassnig

Le buse

(The Buzzard)

Pencil on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/018)

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Maria Lassnig

Untitled

1991

Pencil on paper

30.4 x 23.6 inches

77.2 x 60 cm

(ML 24/016)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

1991

Pencil on paper

30.4 x 23.6 inches

77.2 x 60 cm

(ML 24/016)

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Maria Lassnig

Nasenlöcher

(Nostrils)

1997

Pencil and acrylic on paper

31.6 x 24.75 inches

80.3 x 62.8 cm

(ML 24/019)

Maria Lassnig

Nasenlöcher

(Nostrils)

1997

Pencil and acrylic on paper

31.6 x 24.75 inches

80.3 x 62.8 cm

(ML 24/019)

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Maria Lassnig

Mensch mit der unglaublichen Sensibilität eines Hasen

(Person with the Incredible Sensitivity of a Rabbit)

ca. 1990-1999

Pencil on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/015)

Maria Lassnig

Mensch mit der unglaublichen Sensibilität eines Hasen

(Person with the Incredible Sensitivity of a Rabbit)

ca. 1990-1999

Pencil on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/015)

Maria Lassnig

Zerfranst (Frayed)

1983

Pencil on paper

24.75 x 31.5 inches

62.8 x 80.3 cm

(ML 24/007)

Maria Lassnig

Zerfranst (Frayed)

1983

Pencil on paper

24.75 x 31.5 inches

62.8 x 80.3 cm

(ML 24/007)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1983

Pencil on paper

24 x 30 inches

60.9 x 76.3 cm

(ML 24/008)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1983

Pencil on paper

24 x 30 inches

60.9 x 76.3 cm

(ML 24/008)

Maria Lassnig

Selfportrait als Harlekin

(Self-Portrait as Harlequin)

1974

Pencil on paper

24.5 x 30 inches

62.6 x 75.8 cm

(ML 24/006)

Maria Lassnig

Selfportrait als Harlekin

(Self-Portrait as Harlequin)

1974

Pencil on paper

24.5 x 30 inches

62.6 x 75.8 cm

(ML 24/006)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

Pencil and watercolor on paper

ca. 1990-1999

34 x 26 inches

86.2 x 66.2 cm

(ML 24/012)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

Pencil and watercolor on paper

ca. 1990-1999

34 x 26 inches

86.2 x 66.2 cm

(ML 24/012)

Maria Lassnig

Prinz Augeen

(Prince Eyegene)

1990

Pencil and watercolor on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/011)

Maria Lassnig

Prinz Augeen

(Prince Eyegene)

1990

Pencil and watercolor on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/011)

Maria Lassnig

Der Rücken

(The Back)

1987

Watercolor on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/010)

Maria Lassnig

Der Rücken

(The Back)

1987

Watercolor on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/010)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1987-1995

Pastel and watercolor on paper

32 x 26.1 inches

81.4 x 66.4 cm

(ML 24/009)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1987-1995

Pastel and watercolor on paper

32 x 26.1 inches

81.4 x 66.4 cm

(ML 24/009)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1997

Pencil on paper

16.9 x 20.75 inches

42.8 x 52.8 cm

(ML 24/020)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 1997

Pencil on paper

16.9 x 20.75 inches

42.8 x 52.8 cm

(ML 24/020)

Maria Lassnig

Kössönöm

(Thank You)

1990

Pencil and watercolor on paper

30.5 x 23.75 in

77.6 x 60.3 cm

(ML 24/013)

Maria Lassnig

Kössönöm

(Thank You)

1990

Pencil and watercolor on paper

30.5 x 23.75 in

77.6 x 60.3 cm

(ML 24/013)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil and acrylic on paper

21.9 x 17.9 inches

55.6 x 45.5 cm

(ML 24/023)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

ca. 2000-2009

Pencil and acrylic on paper

21.9 x 17.9 inches

55.6 x 45.5 cm

(ML 24/023)

Maria Lassnig

Der Hai in der Yps [Ybbs]

(The Shark in the River Ybbs)

1998

Charcoal on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/021)

Maria Lassnig

Der Hai in der Yps [Ybbs]

(The Shark in the River Ybbs)

1998

Charcoal on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/021)

Maria Lassnig

Le buse

(The Buzzard)

Pencil on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/018)

Maria Lassnig

Le buse

(The Buzzard)

Pencil on paper

23.6 x 30.4 inches

60 x 77.2 cm

(ML 24/018)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

1991

Pencil on paper

30.4 x 23.6 inches

77.2 x 60 cm

(ML 24/016)

Maria Lassnig

Untitled

1991

Pencil on paper

30.4 x 23.6 inches

77.2 x 60 cm

(ML 24/016)

Maria Lassnig

Nasenlöcher

(Nostrils)

1997

Pencil and acrylic on paper

31.6 x 24.75 inches

80.3 x 62.8 cm

(ML 24/019)

Maria Lassnig

Nasenlöcher

(Nostrils)

1997

Pencil and acrylic on paper

31.6 x 24.75 inches

80.3 x 62.8 cm

(ML 24/019)

Now rightfully recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Maria Lassnig made her own body the focus of her art early on, long before body consciousness became a central theme of the international avant-garde. Drawings reveals Lassnig’s unflinching, acutely internal process, bringing the viewer closer to their senses.

Maria Lassnig - Drawings - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

About Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig was born in 1919 in Carinthia, Austria and passed away in 2014 in Vienna. Underappreciated for most of her life, Lassnig is now rightfully recognized as one of the most important Post-War painters.

From a young age, Lassnig began to explore the human figure through drawing. She studied painting at the Vienna Fine Arts Academy but found the art scene at that time to be too limiting. She moved to Paris in 1960 and then to New York in 1968, continually exploring how to represent the body as it feels to inhabit rather than how it appears from the outside – a concept which Lassnig named Körperbewusstseinsmalerei (“body awareness painting”). On returning to her native Austria in 1980, she became the country’s first female professor of painting. She also taught animation during her time at the Vienna University of Applied Arts.

Her life’s work won her many accolades including the Grand Austrian State Prize in 1988 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2013 at the 55th Venice Biennale. She has been the subject of one person exhibitions at the Albertina Museum, Vienna; Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Kunsthaus Zurich; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Serpentine Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and Vienna Secession among others. Lassnig represented Austria in the 1980 Venice Biennale alongside Valie Export, and she participated in Documenta in Kassel, Germany in 1982 and 1997.

Maria Lassnig - Drawings - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery