Magnet Soutine - Flayed beef
This magnet was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Chaïm Soutine / Willem de Kooning, la peinture incarnée" at the musée de l'Orangerie from 15 September 2021 to 10 January 2022.
Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943)
Flayed Ox, 1925 - Oil on canvas. H. 202 ; l. 114 cm - Grenoble, musée de Grenoble
© Photo Ville de Grenoble / Musée de Grenoble - J. L. Lacroix - © Rmn-Grand Palais, Paris 2021
In 1925 Soutine produced a series of paintings on the theme of the flayed ox, based on a painting in the Louvre: The Ox Carcass by Rembrandt. He chose this work not to copy it but to interpret it and, from there, to invent his own painting.
There is nothing morbid about the vision of this disembowelled ox, suspended by its hind legs and with its flesh torn apart: it is an evocation of the crucifixion that is served and exalted by the fusion of forms and colours.