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  • Provenance

    Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London, 1991

  • Literature

    Fred Jahn 26

  • 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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PROPERTY FROM THE EDWIN C. COHEN FAMILY COLLECTION

173

Untitled

1965
Etching, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 31.8 x 24.8 cm (12 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.)
S. 54 x 41.3 cm (21 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.)

Signed, dated and annotated '5. Zustand Probedruck II' in pencil (one of 5 trial proofs for the 5th state, before the final edition of 20 from the 6th state), unframed.

Estimate
£2,500 - 3,500 ‡ ♠

Sold for £6,875

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London Auction 7 June 2018