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In the mid-1960s, Baselitz embarked on a series of paintings depicting giant male figures, which he described as 'rebels', 'shepherds' or 'new types'. Rebel can be seen within the tradition of the Romantic partisan - a hero and outsider often associated with the figure of the artist. The implement in his right hand may be a flagpole or paintbrush. In contrast to the triumphant warriors of the past, this is the wounded and dishevelled anti-hero of today.

August 2004