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Swimming Lessons

Poem by Nancy Willard; seven drypoint etchings by Michele Burgess. Housed in a painting fragment. Silk enclosure with bone clasps. 10 1/8” x 7 5/8”. Edition of 20. 2001.

Veerle Thielemans, Curator, Museé d’Art Américain: “Michele Burgess draws vulnerable bodies. Their awkward and introverted poses deliberately run counter to the traditional representation of the human body, which is ruled by a canonical ideal of Beauty. In Swimming Lessons, she presents us with the body of a clumsy child who calls into question the realism of the supreme bathers represented by the American painter Thomas Eakins at the end of the nineteenth century.”

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