Dorothea

2001
Loretta Lux (German, born in 1969)


Dimensions

Sheet: 50 x 50 cm (19 11/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2004.251

Medium or Technique

Photograph, Ilfochrome print

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Children are the focus of Loretta Lux’s contemporary photographs. Originally trained as a painter, Lux creates digitally manipulated portraits that emphasize the strange and unsettling aspects of childhood and make her sitters appear either very young or venerable and wise beyond their years. By slightly distorting the size of the children’s heads and bodies, emphasizing their pale skin and pastel clothing, and focusing on their often somber expressions, the artist makes it clear that her photographs are anything but straightforward likenesses. In fact, Lux refers to them as “imaginary portraits” and claims that their disquieting appearance is meant to reflect the mysterious blend of vulnerability and self-awareness so characteristic of youth.

Provenance

Yossi Milo Gallery (New York); from which purchased by MFA, 23 June 2004.

Credit Line

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund for Photography

Copyright

© Loretta Lux, Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, NY