Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz
La rivoluzione di dietro
Ink wash on paper.
26 x 19 3/4 inches (66 x 50.1 cm)
Gift of the Baselitz Family.
© 2023 Georg Baselitz

Exhibition label: In 2015, after various health issues, Baselitz's preoccupation with his aging body inspired him to create images of himself and his wife naked. Often, as in this drawing, he cut off the head to focus on the torso's sagging flesh and emaciated limbs. The black background produces a ghostly effect, as the figure appears to be emerging from the dark. The Italian title, which translates as "the revolution from behind," references a well-known 1972 print by artist Joseph Beuys, We Are the Revolution (La rivoluzione siamo noi), depicting Beuys striding toward the viewer. Baselitz's version reveals a humorous take on the inevitability of old age and physical decline.

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