Contemporary Art Online | New York

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View full screen - View 1 of Lot 140.  LISA YUSKAVAGE | THE CONVERSATION.


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July 18, 04:35 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Details





signed, titled and dated 1985 on the reverse

oil on wood

Board: 14 by 14 in. (35.5 by 35.5 cm.)

Framed: 15⅜ by 15⅜ in. (39 by 39 cm.)


Private Collection, Long Island

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Private Collection, Long Island

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Lisa Yuskavage is best known for her unique approach to painterly depictions of the classical nude. Early works by the artist created during her time at the Tyler School of Art reflect her classical training and predisposition to the European representational tradition by way of their impressionistic depiction of figurative scenes. Yuskavage was heavily inspired by Degas during this period, when the artist was also lifeguard and aerobics teacher at a local bathhouse. Watching all these men and women hanging around the pool”, she has said “brought to mind the atmosphere of boredom in the work of Degas’s ballet schools and whorehouses. So that’s what I started doing—transposing Degas’s ideas and compositions to the swimming pool” (Jenkins, Tamara “Holy Innocents,” in Deborah Aaronson (ed.), Lisa Yuskavage: Small Paintings, 1993-2004, pp. 14-15). The influences of her early inspirations carry through to her work today, where figurative painting remains as the foundation of her artistic expression.  

Lisa Yuskavage has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world and forms part of collections including the Hammer Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, ICA Boston, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2020, a solo show of Yuskavage’s work will be presented at The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Aspen Art Museum.