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  • Provenance

    Galerie Yvonne Lambert, Paris; Private Collection

  • Literature

    B. Comment, Anselm Kiefer die Frauen der Antike, Paris, 1999, n.p., (illustrated)
    D. Arasse, Anselm Kiefer, Paris, 2001, p. 3 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The women do not have a head, because the history of women from the last three millenniums, since before there was a matriarchy, were only known through men. There are always quotations by men, who describe women. Thus I wanted to say: without a head, they were defined by others.” (Anselm Kiefer, translated from German, 2005)

    Anselm Kiefer’s artwork, imbued with rich cultural and historic legacy, deals directly with the perils of German history and the human experience. In this series of women’s dresses of which the current lot is an example, the artist beckons to a collective past, a period in time eclipsing historicism, but evocative of a common thread in us all. The female form is truncated- headless but subservient, we view the body more as a spirit from the past. Melancholic and even poetic, Kiefer’s sculpture captures a mythological spirit. The powerful stance of the woman indoctrinates the work with a divine aura.



Steel, lead, plaster, fabric and pigment.
Overall dimensions 59 x 45 1/2 x 50 in. (149.9 x 115.6 x 127 cm).

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $408,000

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York