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This figure shares many of the characteristics of the young men depicted in the series of Heroes which Baselitz created between 1965-6. This youth is dressed in short pants that reveal his injuries - the right leg seems to be amputated at the knee, and the left leg is footless. A detached foot is wedged into the space between the figure's legs, and an extra arm and artificial leg are in the lower left corner. In the woodcut to which this work is related, entitled 'Torso', the composition is simplified to include only the headless and footless body of a man without any additional details. Horizontal crop lines and light shading at the top and bottom of the drawing indicate the area of the composition which was transferred to the woodcut.

September 2004