by Elisabeth Kley
Now over 90, the amazing Maria Lassnig
was born illegitimately in Carinthia, a remote Austrian province where women often don’t marry until they’ve proved they can produce a son. Expelled from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts during the Nazi years because her paintings were labeled degenerate, Lassnig describes her education as "learning to paint in brown." Over 60 years of wildly distorted self-portraits and figures in clarion colors have since made up for that chromatic deprivation.