Georg Baselitz Untitled 1982–3

Artwork details

Artist
Georg Baselitz born 1938
Title
Untitled
Date 1982–3
Medium Limewood
Dimensions Object: 2500 x 730 x 590 mm, 210 kg (415kg Gross)
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Acquired by purchase and gift from Hartmut and Silvia Ackermeier, Berlin 1993
Reference
T06729
Not on display

Display caption

This imposing but abject figure was carved from the trunk of a lime tree using a chisel and chainsaw. The surface of the sculpture bears the gouged and hacked traces of the artist's physical battle with the wood. The use of carving has many antecedents in German history, from the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer in the sixteenth century, to the deliberately exaggerated and distorted Expressionist works of the early twentieth century.

August 2004

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