Georg Baselitz Female Nude on a Kitchen Chair 1977–9

Artwork details

Artist
Georg Baselitz born 1938
Title
Female Nude on a Kitchen Chair
Weiblicher Akt auf Küchenstuhl
Date 1977–9
Medium Linocut on paper
Dimensions Image: 2021 x 1370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
P77011

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Baselitz emphasises the very physical nature of making his large format prints, seeing the process of cutting into the surface of lino or wood as an act of the body rather than the mind. This female nude is a portrait of Baselitz’s wife, Elke. Baselitz began by rapidly drawing the outlines of the figure directly onto a sheet of linoleum, then cutting into it, adding dense networks of lines. After working on the print for two days in February 1977 he put it aside, then returned to it and completed it in May 1979.

July 2015

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