Georg Baselitz - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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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.


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