Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz
Sandteich Dam 1953 (Remix) (Sandteichdamm 1953 [Remix])
Watercolor and ink on paper.
19 1/2 x 24 3/16 inches (49.5 x 61.5 cm)
Gift of the Baselitz Family.
© 2023 Georg Baselitz

Exhibition label: In this Remix drawing, Baselitz combined two of his early motifs: a local dam and feet. The landscape shows the dam at the end of a sandy pond that he first painted in 1953, a site located near Deutschbaselitz, the village where he grew up and from which, in 1961, he took his name. Feet are a subject Baselitz has been obsessed with since the early 1960s. At first, he was attracted to their nonartistic connotations and represented them as grotesque body parts. In this Remix, however, they wear elegant low black shoes. The swift, transparent application of the liquid medium contrasts with the thick handling of pigment Baselitz favored at the beginning of his career and contributes to the drawing's lighter touch.

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