Anselm Kiefer Parsifal II 1973

Artwork details

Artist
Anselm Kiefer born 1945
Title
Parsifal II
Date 1973
Medium Oil paint and blood on paper on canvas
Dimensions Support: 3247 x 2188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03404
Not on display

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This painting refers to Parsifal’s defeat of the evil knight Ither, whose name appears beside his broken, blood-spattered sword. Parsifal’s mother, Herzelayde, had tried to raise her son in ignorance of the violent chivalry of his ancestors. Her efforts failed, however, and Parsifal, whose sword is depicted here as gleaming and intact, went on to become a knight. Kiefer may have seen a parallel between Parsifal’s peaceful upbringing and the attitude of the post-war generation in Germany, scarred by the brutality of their country’s recent history.

September 2004

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