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In the 1950s and 60s, international artists from a number of movements such as art informel, in Europe, or the US-based brand of abstract expressionism, reawakened the interest of artists in one of the essential themes of art through the ages: the representation of the human figure.
Painting Laid Bare brings together thirty or so works from several international Museums and collections by artists such as Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Francis Bacon (1909-1992) and Antonio Saura (1930-1998), all of whom explored the theme in a variety of ways during those two decades. Hovering in the rather diffuse dividing line between abstraction and figuration, their work was marked by a remarkable technical freedom in which the material qualities of painting itself tended to predominate over form.

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