Elvira Bach

(b. 1951)

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(1951– )

German painter, born in Neuenhain, who has lived and worked principally in Berlin. She was associated with the Neo-Expressionist tendency of the 1980s and achieved great acclaim at the 1982 documenta exhibition. She specializes in images of women who, as more than one commentator has noted, are remarkably like her, with a proclivity for big earrings and thick lipstick. ‘Women aren't like snakes, they are snakes’, she told an interviewer. She quickly capitalized on her documenta success with designs for wine labels, biscuit tins, and a tea service, activities which may have led to a decline in her reputation in the art world.

http://www.signandsight.com/features/773.html C. Tittell, ‘And then it went boom’, Sign and Sight (8 June 2006).

Subjects: Art.

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