The Devil's Dress


Michaël Borremans ( Belgian, 1963 )

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General Description

In_The Devil's Dress_, the figure, like many characters in Michaël Borremans's paintings, appears to be involved in some mysterious, psychologically charged scenario. Positioned within a barren space reminiscent of an artist's studio or a theatrical set, the "dress" of cardboard becomes the object of one's focus. We are left to ponder: what is this scene, who is this actor, and what is its meaning? Perhaps the devil's red dress is nothing more than a red herring, a device the artist uses to distract the viewer from realizing that the true subject of the work is, in fact, nowhere to be found.

Excerpt from

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 152.