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  • Provenance

    Daniel Blau, Munich
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)

  • Exhibited

    Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Georg Baselitz - Retrospektive 1964-1991, 20 March - 17 May 1992, cat. no. 92, p. 201 (illustrated)
    Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Vienna, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Palais Liechtenstein Georg Baselitz - A Retrospective Exhibition 1964-1991, 30 May - 13 September 1992
    Munich, Galerie Daniel Blau, Nulla dies sine linea, Die Sammlung Gachnang, 6 - 29 June 2006, p. 55 (illustrated)

  • 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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Ohne Titel

signed 'G. Baselitz' lower left; further dated ‘13.VII.83’ lower right
watercolour, India ink and ink on paper
69.6 x 49.8 cm (27 3/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Executed on 13 July 1983.

Estimate
£25,000 - 35,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £75,000

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