Suicide at Dawn

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Suicide at Dawn

Romania, 1930
Paintings
Oil on canvas
40 1/2 × 34 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (102.87 × 87.63 × 6.35 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by Robert and Mary Looker, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Max and Eleanor Baril Family Trust, Helena and Boyd Krout, Alice and Nahum Lainer, Sheila and Wally Weisman, Herta and Paul Amir, Abby and Alan D. Levy, Sandra and Jacob Y. Terner, and Bill and Maria Bell through the 1996 Collectors Committee, and gift of Richard L. Feigen, New York (AC1996.18.1)
Currently on public view:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, floor 3

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Label

Victor Brauner moved from Bucharest to Paris in 1930 (the year this painting was made), where he befriended fellow artists Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, and Yves Tanguy, and soon joined the...
Victor Brauner moved from Bucharest to Paris in 1930 (the year this painting was made), where he befriended fellow artists Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, and Yves Tanguy, and soon joined the Surrealist movement. Brauner, who had been interested in mysticism and the occult from an early age, embraced the themes of eroticism and the unconscious that were central to Surrealism. However, much of his work from the 1930s was more violent in subject matter than that of his peers, often depicting mutilated human bodies. Suicide at Dawn is among his most disturbing paintings of the period.

Exhibition wall label, 2021.
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Bibliography

  • Gifts from Mary and Robert Looker, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, December 2017. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2017.