Georg Baselitz - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace Wildenstein, New York; Judy Ovitz, Los Angeles; Galerie Michael Schultz

  • Exhibited

    New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 26 May – 17 September, 1995; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 15 October, 1995 – 7 January, 1996; Washington D.C., Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preefischer Kulturbesitz, May – July, Georg Baselitz, 1996

  • Literature

    D. Waldman, Georg Baselitz, New York, 1995, p. 185 (illustrated); Exhibition Catalogue, Georg Baselitz, New York, 1996, p. 181, no. 159 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Thickly painted in bold colours, Baselitz’s Elch Kaum depicts the silhouette of a male figure, upside down. The subject of his painting is barely recognisable and becomes slightly obscured amongst the chaotic abstract brushwork that surrounds his centrally located figure. Touching upon his battle against any pictorial hierarchy and emphasizing his search towards a new appreciation of the medium of painting, the present lot is a prime example within the artists topsy-turny body of work. “The hierarchy which has located the sky at the top and the earth at the bottom is, in any case, only a convention. We have got used to it but we don’t have to believe in it. The only thing that interests me is the question of how I can carry on painting these pictures.” (A. Muthesius, ed., Georg Baselitz, Cologne, 1990, p. 96)


Eich Kaum (Elk Hardly)

Oil on canvas.
290 x 290 cm. (114 1/8 x 114 1/8 in).
Signed, titled and dated three times ‘G. Baselitz Elch Kaum 3.XII.90 021.VII.90 27.VII.90’ on the reverse.

£180,000 - 220,000 

Sold for £240,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm