Georg Baselitz (German, b. 1938)
Signed and dated "G Baselitz 1977" l.r.
Ink on paper, 82 x 45 1/4 in. (208.3 x 115.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Pinholes to corners and edges, rippling, scattered small nicks and tears to edges, tear u.c., floated in frame, not examined out of frame.
Provenance: Sonnabend Gallery, New York; Estate of Richard E. Anderson, New York, New York/Redding, Connecticut.
N.B. Baselitz began painting and drawing subjects upside down in the late 1960s in an effort to focus attention on the formal aspects of his work rather than the figurative or narrative. While other artists who shared Baselitz's interest in emphasizing the formal over the representational might dispense altogether with recognizable objects and scenes, turning to abstraction, Baselitz maintained the figural subject but made it difficult, and even uncomfortable, to read.
To mark his 80th birthday, Baselitz's work was the focus of a recent retrospective at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, on view from January 21 to April 29, 2018.
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