Georg Baselitz Adieu 1982

Artwork details

Artist
Georg Baselitz born 1938
Title
Adieu
Adieu
Date 1982
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2500 x 3005 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03672

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Baselitz began to paint figures upside-down in the late 1960s, insisting that viewers should concentrate on the lines and marks of the painting rather than its resemblance to reality. He worked on this painting over a number of weeks, repeatedly adjusting the position of the two figures further apart from each other. The title Adieu reflects this sense of a growing separation: 'one of them is only half there, while the other is going away', the artist wrote. Asked about the chequerboard background, Baselitz recalled that, 'a starter's flag of a grand prix race was floating in my imagination'.

July 2015