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
Not on display

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In 1969, with characteristic iconoclasm, Baselitz began to paint images upside down. By inverting his figures, he disrupts our understanding and reflects upon the chaos and disintegration of the modern world. In Adieu the play between the abstract structure of the checkerboard and the isolated figures tends to emphasise a sense of alienation. Although more complex narrative content is resisted, the figures turn from each other as the title indicates.

November 2008