Ohne Titel. 1978. Watercolor and India ink. Lower right signed and dated 31. VIII 78. Verso with inscription "G.B.Z. 833". On light paper. 60.9 x 43.1 cm (23.9 x 16.9 in), the full sheet. [EL].
The work is registered at the archive Georg Baselitz, Munich with the number G.B.Z. 833. We are grateful to the archiev Georg Baselitz, Munich for the kind expert advice.
PROVENANCE: Private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia.
This work with an up-side down view of a group of trees belongs to the series of topsy-turvy pictures. For this group the artist uses common motifs, among them portrait heads, nudes, flowers and trees, alienated through the artistic treatment and the confusing inverted presentation. It becomes obvious that the path of "non-representational" painting is no option for the artist, since he stated that he "[.] hates the nebulous arbitrariness of the theories of abstraction." (Quote from Carla Schulz-Hoffmann, Georg Baselitz - Versuch einer Analyse, in: Ex. cat. Georg Baselitz, Kunstverein Brunswick 1981, p. 113). Thus the depicted objects gain meaning for the painting process, as they are a constant that Baselitz makes subject to his artistic impetus. With the complex compositions of tamed expressiveness the artist renders a monumentality characterized by a visionay force . [EL]