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Jim Dine

The ease of painting

acrylic on canvas
2018
122 x 107 cm / 48 x 42 1/8 in.
signed, dated and titled on the reverse

Jim Dine is one of the great representatives of American painting since the 1960s. “I started to use paint in a way as though paint was an object itself”, says Jim Dine. In the 1960s, after his studies, he joined the group of artists around Rauschenberg, Oldenburg and Lichtenstein, and is known as one of the most important representatives of Pop Art, but he himself always rejects this pigeonholing. After his wild years in New York, he moved to London for some years, where he immersed himself in printmaking, typography and drawing. At the beginning of the 1970s, he added sculpture to his repertoire. In 1984, Jim Dine had a groundbreaking encounter with classical sculpture at the Munich Glyptothek. His iconic symbols and his artistic techniques take him far beyond any classification and his work is woven through with autobiographical references. In his latest painting series, the artist attached tools to the surface of the heart painting – his family owned a hardware store and tools were probably among his toys. Provenance available

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