Georg Baselitz

Germany, 1938

Georg Baselitz’s unrefined mark-making, figurative depictions and expressionistic style are influenced by many artists and sources. Working across painting, drawing, printmaking, and monumental wood sculptures, Baselitz often addresses issues related to German national identity post-World War II, particularly the role of fellow German artists. His works display semi-abstract human figures, animals, and landscapes in rough and aggressive drawing style. These images are often painted upside down, void of literal meaning in favor of using stylization to enhance the subject instead of adhering to the rules of pure abstraction.

Born in 1938, Baselitz became an important figure in the neo-expressionist movement. Since his first one-man exhibition in 1961, he has become one of Germany's most prolific and best-known artists. Baselitz has varied his style throughout his career, ranging from layering mediums and an intense focus on clarity to the search for smooth conceptual executions. Baselitz's first major retrospective in the U.S. was at the Guggenheim in New York. His work is included in many major European and American museum collections including the first major retrospective of Baselitz's work abroad at the Guggenheim in New York, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Baselitz lives and works outside Munich, Germany, and Imperia, Italy.

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