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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Germany
    Leo Koenig Inc., New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Fred Jahn, Baselitz Peintre-Graveur Band I, Werkverzeichnis der Druckgrafik 1963-1974, vol I, Bern/Berlin, 1983, p. 224

  • 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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THIS WORK IS TO BE SOLD WITH NO RESERVE Property from an Important European Collection


Lot offered with No Reserve

(Untitled) Trial proof for page 8 of the portfolio 'Adler'

signed and dated 'G Baselitz 74' lower right; further signed, titled, inscribed and dated '-Adler. G Baselitz 74 Probedruck' on the reverse
finger painting in oil on woodcut print on paper
28.5 x 18.5 cm (11 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)
Executed in 1974, this work is a unique colour trial proof for page 8 of the portfolio 'Adler' (the final edition without finger painting was an edition of 30 plus 5 artist's proofs), published by Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich in 1975.

£10,000 - 15,000 • ♠

Sold for £5,625

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London Auction 5 December 2018