Georg Baselitz

  • Born 1938 in Deutschbaselitz, Germany
Georg Baselitz began his artistic training in 1956 at the Hochschule für bildende und angewandte Kunst (College of Fine and Applied Arts) in East Berlin. After he was expelled in 1957, he continued his studies at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (College of Fine Arts) in West Berlin, from which he graduated in 1962. From 1960 onwards he created challenging, often provocative works in a figurative style later categorized as Neoexpressionism. His crude, emotionally charged painting style reflected his interest in reviving the tradition and sources of German Expressionist painting, such as non-Western art and art brut, for the postwar era. His first solo exhibition in 1963 at Galerie Werner & Katz in West Berlin caused a scandal, when his works Die große Nacht im Eimer (The Big Night in the Bucket; 1962/63) and Der nackte Mann (The Naked Man; 1962) were confiscated by the public prosecutor for “infringement of public morality.” In 1969 Baselitz created his first upside-down painting (Der Wald auf dem Kopf [The Forest on Its Head]); in the 1970s, he developed his finger-painting technique. Besides painting he also worked in sculpture and printmaking. Baselitz taught at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (State Academy of Fine Arts) Karlsruhe and at the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) Berlin. He was included in Documenta, Kassel (1972) and showed at Galerie Heiner Friedrich in Munich, Cologne, and New York throughout the 1970s.

Artworks by Georg Baselitz in the exhibition