Georg Baselitz - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne; Collection of Ann and Steven Ames, United States

  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of Modern Art, 21 May – 26 August, 1997 and London, Hayward Gallery, 10 September, 1997 – 4 January, 1998, Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life

  • Literature

    M. Rowell and G.D. Lowry, The Modern Still Life, New York, 2002, no. 119

  • Catalogue Essay

    Starting out, he was eager to renounce Tachisme, but he nonetheless remained cognizant of making painting that was essentially about painting. Baselitz's art opened with the figure – dissected, distorted, fractured, upside-down, or prone – and was enriched by manifold references to the realms of art, philosophy, religion, and personal history. Simultaneously, he addressed the requirements of his mediums. In painting, the resulting dialogue between the figure and the field has always been directed at creating form anew. D. Waldman, Georg Baselitz, New York, 1995, p. 164


Das Motif: Abendstimmung (The Motif: Evening Atmosphere)

Oil on canvas.
161.7 x 130.2 cm. (63 5/8 x 51 1/4 in).
Initialed and dated ‘G.B. 16, VII, 88' lower left; also signed, titled, and dated, ‘OBEN G Baselitz ‘029, V, 88' + 15, VII, 88' ‘das Motifs' ‘abendstimmung'' on the reverse.

£200,000 - 300,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £241,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm