La Tchèque


Enamel on plexi glass, fixed on aluminium panel, in wooden and gilt frame designed by the Artist

67 x 35.5 cm (26 3/8 x 14 in.)

In Evelyne Axell’s work, eroticism goes hand in hand with the emancipation of woman. In the portrait La Tchèque (The Czech) (1969), a woman with golden hair and bare breasts looks over her shoulder into the distance, her eyelids half closed.

To make this painting, Evelyne Axell uses enamel on plexiglass, set on an aluminium panel, in a gilt wood frame that she designed. This portrait is part of a series of paintings showing women of different origins: Persian, Polish, and Egyptian. In Axell’s work, women adopt sexualised poses, while men are absent from the painting. The artist underlines her intention to reinforce the role of the woman: sensual, assertive, proclaiming herself as such at a time of sexual revolution.

The painting La Tchèque by Evelyne Axell, part of the Pinault Collection, was presented in 2014 at the “Femminilità Radicale” (“Radical Femininity”) show at the Gucci Museo in Florence.