Georg Baselitz

Grosser Kopf [Large Head]

About this artwork

This is one of Baselitz's earliest woodcuts. It was made after a trip to Florence, where he became interested in Italian Mannerist painting. The fractured face, overlaid with worm-like forms, is characteristic of his paintings of the same time, in which parts of the figures are cut up and rearranged or are missing altogether. The imagery may be influenced by the death and destruction of the Second World War; the shapes in the background look like smoke, which would support this reading.

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  • title:
    Grosser Kopf [Large Head]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3374
  • artist:
    Georg BaselitzGerman (born 1938)
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  • materials:
    Colour woodcut with monotype on paper
  • date created:
    1966
  • measurements:
    48.30 x 40.50 cm; paper size: 50.10 x 40.90 cm (framed: 75.00 x 66.50 x 4.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1988
  • copyright:
    © Georg Baselitz.

Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz