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  • Provenance

    Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London; Private collection, Switzerland

  • Exhibited

    London, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Recent Paintings by Georg Baselitz, 1990

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Recent Paintings by Georg Baselitz, London, 1990, no. 4 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since 1969 the leading pioneer of Neo-Expressionism Georg Baselitz, inverted the motifs of most of his paintings. Likewise in this work from 1988 – what at first sight resembles smiling faces emerges as four red houses. It was painted in the year when Baselitz had resigned from his professorship at the Berlin Academy and when he was mainly working in his studio at Imperia on the Italian Riviera. Horta de Ebro shows the characteristics of works from this period of his oeuvre: they are distinctive not only for the rapid manner in which they were produced but also for their intensive colours.
    In 1909, Pablo Picasso painted views of the Spanish town Horta de Ebro.These paintings are assigned to the artist's period of analytical cubism where he was influenced by the late works of Paul Cézanne and their drastic representation of nature in geometric shapes. InHorta de Ebro, Baselitz expands upon this and experiments withspatial continuity by putting forms and space into a vivid interplay.

  • Artist Biography

    Georg Baselitz

    Enthusiastically disruptive and perennially iconoclastic, Georg Baselitz stands out as an artistic outlier among Germany’s impressive roster of postwar artmakers. Born in the former German Democratic Republic and expelled from his East German art school for “sociopolitical immaturity,” Baselitz retreated to the West and quickly became known for creatively challenging widespread artistic conventions by painting in a violent and energetic form of representation in gleeful defiance of the prevailing abstract tendencies of the avant-garde following World War II. Baselitz, favoring figuration, painted caustic portraits and kinetic landscapes in the tradition of the German Expressionists before literally upending his practice in the late 1960s by painting upside-down, creating a disarming pseudo-abstract effect that emphasizes surface over substance.

    Baselitz’s work has been widely celebrated for its unapologetic and unconventional innovation as well as for its occasionally confrontational subject matter. Baselitz’s critical breakthrough came in 1963 with the debut of the unabashedly outrageous painting Die groβe Nacht im Eimer, currently in the collection of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, which immediately attracted the attention of the German media and judicial system. This work, and others, set the tone for a long and celebrated career of convention-shattering paintings, prints, and sculptures that are at once stylistically innovative and deferential to the German artistic tradition. Today, Baselitz’s work can be found in major institutions worldwide such as the Museum Ludwig and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Horta de Ebro

Oil on canvas.
249.9 x 249.9 cm. (98 3/8 x 98 3/8 in).
Initialed and dated 'GB 5.XII.88' along the lower edge, signed, titled and dated 'Georg Baselitz Horta de Ebro 18.X.88-5.XII.88' on the reverse.

£200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for £217,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm