(b Neuenhain im Taunus, Hesse, 22 June 1951). German painter. She
studied at the Glasfachschule in Hadamar (1967–70) and under Hann
Trier at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (1972–9). From 1981,
Bach was one of the few women artists to be included in numerous
group exhibitions of the German Neue Wilden or Neo-Expressionist
painters. Her large-scale paintings of the 1980s characteristically
show full-frontal figures of one or more women in front of a flat
background, painted in strong colours with broad, aggressive
brushstrokes. The figures are typically dressed in contemporary
clothes, wearing high-heel stiletto shoes and brandishing long,
painted fingernails reminiscent of comic-strip characters or fashion
models (e.g. Untitled (Female Portrait), 1981; Berlin, Berlin.
Gal.). From c. 1983 to 1986 she painted a series of ‘snake nudes’,
in which garishly coloured snakes wind themselves around female
figures in an erotically charged fashion, as in the dynamic Baptism
by Fire (1984; priv. col.; see 1984 exh. cat.). Her works are often
humorous (e.g. Couple, 1982; Darmstadt, Hess. Landesmus.), which
includes snowmen with melting noses joining in a society dance. From
the mid-1980s Bach also produced a number of polyptychs, as well as
photographs that were painted over.
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