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Georg Baselitz Where is the Yellow Milkjug, Mrs Bird? 1989

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Artist
Title
Where is the Yellow Milkjug, Mrs Bird?
Wo ist der gelbe Milchkrug, Frau Vogel?
Date 1989
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2504 x 2505 x 55 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00032
Not on display

Online caption

Like ‘ Volkstanz Marode’, this painting belongs to the series of works called ‘Streubilder’ (‘Scatter Paintings’) or ‘Ciao America’, that Baselitz painted in the first half of 1989. The work has the same all-over distribution of form (birds, in this case) and unifying background colour as ‘Volkstanz’. There is also a similar primitivist, expressionist brushwork and folkloric subject matter, that marks them both out as unapologetically European, as opposed to the (on the whole) cooler, conceptual approach of American artists at the time. Hence the title of some of Baselitz’s contemporary paintings, ‘Ciao America’.

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