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This imposing but abject figure was carved from the trunk of a lime tree using a chisel and chainsaw. Its surface bears the gouged and hacked traces of the artist's physical battle with the wood. As well as making visible the sculptural process, these crevices and indentations help to give the figure a totem-like appearance. Baselitz stated in 1983 that he worked with wood because he wanted ‘to avoid all manual dexterity, all elegance, everything to do with construction’.

July 2015