Georg Baselitz - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sylvia and Hartmut Ackermeier, Berlin
    Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

  • Literature

    H. Ackermeier, A.B. Oliva, N. Rosenthal and H. Szeemann, Georg Baselitz, Opere della collezione Ackermeier Berlino, Milan, 1991, no. 26 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the 1960s, Georg Baselitz emerged as a leader of German Neo- Expressionist painting. His work evokes disquieting subjects rendered passionately as an outlet for confronting the realities of the modern age, while exploring what it means to be a German artist in a postwar world. In explaining his work, Baselitz says; “I had always loved expressionist painting, like every European. In fact I admired it all the more because these were precisely the paintings despised by my father’s generation. Their denouncement made them especially appealing to me as a human being, but not as an artist. The accusation that my art was expressionist brought out a certain aggressiveness in me and compelled me to begin closely examining the aesthetic dimensions of German Expressionist paintings.” (Georg Baselitz quoted in P. Kort, “Georg Baselitz, Selected Paintings & Interview”, ARTiculate, January 10, 2011).

186

Tränen (Tears)

1986
oil on canvas
63 3/4 x 51 in. (161.9 x 129.5 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated "G.B. Tränen 17.III.86" along the lower margin.

Estimate
$200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York