- This magnet features a reproduction of R.B. Kitaj's oil painting, Erasmus Variations.
- Dimensions of magnet: 2 x 3 inches
- Dimensions of packaging: 4 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches
- Item #: MAG074
This picture was painted in Oxford, on the arrival of the artist in Britain, in 1958. At Oxford Kitaj developed an interest in the iconographic approach to the study of art history championed by Aby Warburg and also the possibility of juxtaposing images in order to give form to ideas. This early painting has an autobiographical element. Each of the faces represents a different woman that the artist had known fleetingly. The heads in profile are derived from doodles made by the sixteenth century humanist scholar Erasmus. Kitaj has fused this influence with the colorful abstract style of Willem de Kooning’s nudes of the late 1940s. These diverse sources reflect Kitaj’s synthesis of contemporary abstract art and other forms of representation.
R.B. Kitaj (American, 1932–2007)
Oil on canvas, 104.9 × 84.2 cm (41 5/16 × 33 1/8 in.)
Tate: Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2007
Photo © Tate, London 2016
Artwork © R.B. Kitaj Estate, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art