Baselitz began making prints in 1964. His early prints were closely related to drawings in scale and conception. In 1977 and 1979 the artist produced a series of monumental figures in linocut that have an extraordinary presence and physicality. This female nude is a portrait of the artist's wife Elke. Baselitz began these prints by rapidly drawing the outlines of the image directly on the lino. In these large works, the artist expanded the linear quality of drawing by eliminating chiarascuro and concentrating on networks of lines. The emphasis on form conveyed through line is similar to the artist's approach to sculpture, which he began to make after completing these prints.