Jörg Immendorff - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The term neo-expressionism is just as misleading as Neue Wilde. We were neither expressionists nor wild young artists. We have to try and get at the philosophy behind the paintings. I am as hungry for the meaning of painting as ever. What does art mean? What is the role of the artist in society? I still want to bring into focus the last two vibrant decades of the twentieth century and all they meant. But that will take time, because, in the end, the life force of art knows nothing of normal time. It makes itself known irregularly, affecting both our understanding of the past and our ability to cope with the future. What we really need is another concept of time in order to grasp the essentials of art.... I’ve always been interested in a new kind of imagemaking dealing with history that has more symbolic power than a mimetic depiction of actual events... once I got down in paint a certain reality that characterized not just Germany but our entire age, I had accomplished what I wanted to achieve in those pictures. Jörg Immendorff in conversation with Pamela Kort – ‘80s Then – Interview in ArtForum, March 2003


Gyntiana – Geburt Zwiebelmann (Gyntiana – Birth Onionman)

Oil on canvas.
300 x 400 cm. (118 1/8 x 157 1/2 in).
Signed ‘Immendorff 92’ lower right and titled ‘Gyntiana – Geburt Zwiebelmann’ upper right.

£150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for £168,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm