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The Crying Game 28

The Crying Game 28, Child bride
plate size 20x25cm, paper size 38x43cm

This image is of a child on her wedding to a grown up man. The child wears a colander over head instead of flowers, , effective obscuring her vision.
The shadow beneath her feet shows a toy bear, indicating her lost childhood,
There is a wedding party going on as if the bride had been asked for her consent.
And her veil is tied, like a domestic animal, to the coat of her husband to be.

This print is part of the Crying Game series, for full information on this portfolio please see
The Crying Game Book:


Marcelle Hanselaar

Marcelle Hanselaar
Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1945
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

After studying at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands, Hanselaar soon got a taste for a nomadic life and travelled, in a quest for adventure and self-knowledge, extensively all over Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Finally she found her refuge in a central London studio where through the medium of painting and printmaking she feels free to explore the bleaker, more unsettling facets of the human psyche.

Etching is the art form in which Marcelle Hanselaar has demonstrated an uncommon facility and she is considered one of the most accomplished printmakers working in Britain today.
Although often leavened with a certain mordant humour, much of Marcelle Hanselaar’s work comes across as an uncompromising exploration of human relationships.

Her latest portfolio of 30 prints, The Crying Game, is a passionate response to the present day violence and the urgent question of moral complicity.
Recently the Ashmolean Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and The Metroplolitan Museum of Art acquired these prints for their collection and a fully illustrated book, The Crying Game, has been published.

Public collections:
British Museum Prints & Drawings Collection, London; V& A Prints & Drawings Collection, London; The Metroplolitan Museum of Art, New York; V&A National Art Library, London; Ashmolean Prints & Drawings Collection Museum, Oxford; Whitworth Museum & Art Gallery, Manchester; Fitzwilliam Museum Prints & Drawings Collection, Cambridge; Clifford Chance Art Collection, London; Meermanno Museum, the Hague; The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, London; Richard Harris Collection, US; Swarthmore College, US; Sakimi Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan; Guandong Fine Art Museum, Guandong, China; University of Aberystwyth Print Collection, Wales; Frans Masereel Center, Belgium; New Hall, Cambridge; Clare Hall, Cambridge; Rabo Bank, London; Merrill Lynch, London; AMC, Amsterdam ; Amsterdam Arts Council; Kunstcollectie Gemeente Haaksbergen; Risk Publications, London; Mitsukoshi Ltd., London; Paintings in Hospitals, London; University of Arizona, Tucson, US; Iraq National Library, Baghdad, Iraq

Birthdate: 23/03/1945

Nationality: Dutch


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