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The Beating Station and After, Berlin (study)

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The Beating Station and After, Berlin (study)

Artist: Jerome Witkin (American, born 1939)

Date: 1989-90
Medium: Charcoal on wove paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 50 1/4 x 31 9/16in. (127.6 x 80.2cm)
Signed: UPPER LEFT-CENTER, IN CHARCOAL; 'STUDY FOR THE BEATING STATION - '89-90 WITKIN'
Credit Line: Gift of the Artist in Loving Memory of Art Kane
Object number: 95.13
Label Text
Jerome Witkin painted a series of canvases based on the Holocaust and made numerous sketches in preparation. Here Witkin creates an ominous, dungeon space from which a figure emerges. Note the varied marks and erasures of charcoal the artist uses to describe different textures, light, and shadow. Witkin drew the woman's body incompletely and concentrated on her grimacing face. By lighting her from below, he accentuates the scene's eerie atmosphere.

Witkin's work always suggests a narrative. In this case, the woman looks above and to her left, as if she were praying. Perhaps she heard something - the cries of a fellow prisoner or the unwelcome approach of her captor. In fact, Witkin drew the profile of a figure looking at the woman from the right, but he did not develop this second character.

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