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Bagyi Aung Soe

BAGYI AUNG SOE, Female figure with mandala, sacred letters of the Burmese alphabet, "om" in Bengali script and "solar energy," 1987, felt-tip pen and ink on paper, 33 × 28 cm. Courtesy Centre Pompidou, Paris.

At the heart of Bagyi Aung Soe’s exhibition at the Centre Pompidou hung a colorful self-portrait. The painting exemplifies the late artist’s knowledge of the post- impressionist aesthetic: the face is delineated in thick white lines, traced against an orange background adorned with red and green abstract motifs. The portrait is reminiscent of the archetypal portrayal of the…

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