Ohne Titel [Untitled (Figure with Raised Arm)]
© Georg Baselitz

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Ohne Titel [Untitled (Figure with Raised Arm)] 1982 - 1984

On Display Modern Two

This is one of Baselitz's largest and earliest wood carvings. He began making sculptures in 1979 and used chainsaws and axes to make them. The rough finish of the sculpture is reminiscent of tribal art, which Baselitz collects. The raised arm derives from African carvings of figures who raise their arms to signal surrender in battle. A drawing of the same figure has him holding a flag. The sculpture also has associations with the long tradition of German wood carving, which, in the early twentieth century, was revived by expressionist artists such as Kirchner.

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Expressionism

A style that made an impact in the arts in the 1920s, particularly in Germany. Expressionists deliberately abandoned realistic representation techniques in favour of exaggerations and distortions of line and colour that were intended to carry far greater emotional impact.

Expressionism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3530
  • Medium Wood, painted
  • Size 253.00 x 71.00 x 46.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund (William Leng Bequest) 1989