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Title

Mother (Judith II)

1991

Artist

Morimura Yasumasa

Japan

11 Jun 1951 -

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  • Details

    Date
    1991
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    colour photograph
    Edition
    1/3
    Dimensions
    238.76 x 158.75 cm image; 254.0 x 175.26 cm frame
    Credit
    Gift of Peter Norton 2021
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    55.2021
    Copyright
    © Yasumasa Morimura
    Artist information
    Morimura Yasumasa

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    Photographer and filmmaker Yasumasa Morimura is known for appropriating recognisable images, often portraits drawn from Western art history, and inserting his own likeness into the frame in place of the traditional subject. In Mother (Judith II) Morimura borrows from the biblical story of Judith and Holofernes, as well as Lucas Cranach the Elder’s painting Judith with the Head of Holofernes c.1530, while also invoking the ‘vegetable portraits’ of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Here, Morimura appears as both protagonist and decapitated victim. As Judith, his countenance is overlaid with green cabbage leaves, while as Holofernes his skin takes on a potato-like texture.

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