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Georg Baselitz

Baselitz, clearly the most gifted of the group of German painters since 1945, is represented in the Kunsthaus by the impressive twenty-part series entitled 45, the monumental dinner in Dresden, the diptych The Studio and two sculptures. The unusual cat head is one of what are known as the fractals, which led Baselitz to his well-known motif inversions, in which the conflict between abstract expressionism dominant in the former West Germany and the official “socialist realist” art of East Germany is played out. Although Baselitz rejected the latter and moved to the West he was not prepared to renounce the expressive and psychological complexity of figurative representation.

Georg Baselitz (1938)
Katzenkopf, 1966/67
Oil on canvas, 163 x 130 cm
Acquired 1983
Georg Baselitz (1938)
Katzenkopf, 1966/67
Oil on canvas, 163 x 130 cm
Acquired 1983