Georg Baselitz

Ohne Titel [Untitled (Figure with Raised Arm)]

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About this artwork

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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  • title:
    Ohne Titel [Untitled (Figure with Raised Arm)]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3530
  • artist:
    Georg BaselitzGerman (born 1938)
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  • materials:
    Wood, painted
  • date created:
    1982 - 1984
  • measurements:
    253.00 x 71.00 x 46.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund (William Leng Bequest) 1989
  • copyright:
    © Georg Baselitz.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz