Often referred to as the alchemist, Sigmar Polke (born 1941 in Silesia, Poland, died 2010 in Cologne, Germany) had an inexhaustible curiosity for a plethora of substances and materials. His studio came to resemble a scientist's lab, as he experimented with liquids, powders and metals to see what effect they had on each other and on the canvas. A learned painter, it was in the 60s that he founded the 'Capitalist realism' together with his… Read more
About the artwork
The story of the naïve muscular hero being betrayed by the temptress Delilah has fascinated artists for thousands of years. Despite it being the ultimate biblical tale of revenge, Sigmar Polke’s zestfully colored screenprint zooms in on the very act of deceit. The intimate moment when Delilah cuts Samson’s hair in their shared bed.