About Georg Baselitz


Georg Baselitz was born in 1938 in the GDR, and studied as a painter and sculptor in West Berlin. He lives and works in Germany and Italy.


Georg Baselitz is one of the most prominent visual artists of his generation. He works with sculp­ture, drawings and graphic art, but is best known for his characteristic paintings whose subjects are often shown "upside down" in order to stress that the picture is a painted surface rather than a painted subject.


His work has developed in the arena of the reception of German expressionism on the one hand, and the lightness of American painting (Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning) on the other.


His Helden [heroes] group, finger-paintings, fracture and Russian paintings, which focus on his German past are represented in almost all distinguished museum collections. From the late 1960s, Baselitz demonstrated his premise of visual insight taking priority over the subject by deliberately showing his works upside down. The result is a unique simultaneity of figuration and abstraction. This urge towards permanent variation and change is also evident in his late work. Since 2006 he has produced so-called remix paintings in which, with an unprecedented lightness of touch, he re-examines the iconography of his own historical works.