Museum Folkwang
  • Georg Baselitz
  • Brauna, 1975

  • Oil and acrylic on canvas
  • 250 x 200 cm
  • Acquired in 1982 with support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 459
  • CommentaryAt the beginning of the 1960’s, in a period characterized by Minimal and Concept art, Baselitz developed an expressive painting style and an almost ‘old fashioned’ form of painting. Even today, his works seem raw, powerful, expressive and bold. With the sexual provocation of his painting ›Die Nacht im Eimer‹, he created his first scandal, and success, in 1963. His later ›Helden-Bilder‹ were works of a new beginning, commentaries on recent German history and at the same time a modernization of classical figurative motifs.
    In 1969, Baselitz decided to turn his motifs upside down. His first painting in this style was ›Der Wald auf dem Kopf‹. The run of the paint in ›Brauna‹, made in 1976, clearly shows how the work was painted upside down. The viewer is thus confronted directly with the organisation of color and form. Locating the landscape between the sky and the earth is impossible. If you turn the painting around, the impression of a forest disappears and the composition seems abstract. However, Baselitz does not leave it at pictorial persuasiveness. This ‘reversal’ also opens up metaphysical, philosophical and conceptual levels of meaning. As if the entire landscape were ›packed‹, the forest in ›Brauna‹ stands there, uprooted, as evidence of industrial exploitation and destruction of nature.
  • Provenance1982, Galerie Art in progress, Düsseldorf, (Heiner Hepper)
  • Obj_Id: 3,241
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
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  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Brauna
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1975
  • Jahr von: 1,975
  • Jahr bis: 1,975
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 459
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  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 250 x 200 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil and acrylic on canvas
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  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1982 with support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Georg Baselitz

1982, Galerie Art in progress, Düsseldorf, (Heiner Hepper)