Marynka Smoking (1980) by R.B. Kitaj

Marynka Smoking - R.B. Kitaj - 1980

Artwork Information

TitleMarynka Smoking
ArtistR.B. Kitaj
MediumPastel and charcoal on paper
Dimensions35 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (90.8 x 56.5 cm)
Current LocationCollection of the artist

About Marynka Smoking

Marynka Smoking is a noteworthy artwork by artist R.B. Kitaj created in 1980. The mixed media piece features a female nude in a back portrait and is an offset lithograph printed in colors, signed, and numbered. This particular work is part of a series of pastels and drawings that the artist presented in an exhibition during the same year.

R.B. Kitaj was an American painter and printmaker who later settled in England where he taught at various art schools. His personal art collection was scattered at auction following his death in 2007, which included Marynka Smoking. Although the artwork has some pale foxing in the lower margin, it remains to be impeccably preserved otherwise.

The unique portrayal of a female nude smoking offers its own narrative for interpretation while highlighting the beauty of human form through R.B. Kitaj’s artistry. Aspiring artists or collectors interested in contemporary works can consider discovering more about this intriguing piece as it conveys artistic expression with depth through mixed media techniques across different styles—that have made R.B Kitaj known among many prominent artists worldwide—to produce artworks you would not want to miss out on seeing or having for yourself.

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