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  • Provenance

    Galerie Michael Werner, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Over and over throughout his artistic career, Baselitz has shocked the public- not so much by means of the provocative representation of sexual organs as by the great force of the aesthetic strategies he chooses. It would be wrong to emphasize one-sidedly the provocative element of Baselitz’s work. The painter was able to heighten the violence of his images without recourse to nightmares, mutilations and organ forms by intensifying the materiality of his colors. Baselitz arranged, with great painterly verve, his world of motifs around the unreachable core, a cool crystal that painterly representation can never reach. From time to time in recent years, the artist has spoken of this aim by means of a metaphor; he says he is searching for the “picture behind the picture”. Every successful work, in this perspective, is part of a chain of painterly actions that can never arrive at their goal. There can be no now in the painting of Georg Baselitz,” (S. Gohr, Georg Baselitz: Works from the 1960s and 1970s, New York, 2006).

46

Untitled

1963
Gouache, watercolor and oil pastel on paper.
24 1/2 x 19 in. (62.2 x 48.3 cm).
Signed “Baselitz” lower right.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $264,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York