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Woodman (Waldarbeiter)

The top half of a light-skinned man in overalls is attached laterally to a tree trunk, his legs and partial torso attached in the same way father up on the trunk. He holds one of his large ears and closes one eye.

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  • The top half of a light-skinned man in overalls is attached laterally to a tree trunk, his legs and partial torso attached in the same way father up on the trunk. He holds one of his large ears and closes one eye.

Date:

1969

Artist:

Georg Baselitz (Hans-Georg Kern)
German, born 1938

About this artwork

During the early 1960s, Georg Baselitz began producing representational images—characterized by thickly painted surfaces and often emotional and/or tragic themes—that drew inspiration from Germany’s artistic and cultural heritage. Between 1967 and 1969, Baselitz executed a series of Fracture Paintings, in which he segmented his subjects—animals, shepherds, and woodsmen—into horizontal bands or irregular fragments. Strung up sideways against a massive tree trunk, this woodsman heralded the artist’s trademark inverted figures, which first appeared soon after this painting’s completion. Conjuring a world gone mad, Woodman evokes the psychic and physical disorientation Germans experienced after their war-torn nation was partitioned in 1946. Indeed, Baselitz created this work after he left a divided Berlin to reside in a small German village.

Status

On loan to Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris for Georg Baselitz retrospective

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Georg Baselitz

Title

Woodman (Waldarbeiter)

Origin

Germany

Date

1969

Medium

Charcoal and synthetic resin on linen

Inscriptions

Signed and dated: recto: "G Baselitz 69" (lower right in reddish-brown paint); not inscribed on verso

Dimensions

254.6 × 204.5 cm (100 1/4 × 80 1/2 in.), framed

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Frederic G. Pick; Walter Aitken Fund

Reference Number

1987.14

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