05-11-2018 05-11-2018
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3100B Boston
May 11, 2018 10:00AMCalender

Georg Baselitz (German, b. 1938) Untitled

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3100B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 11, 2018 10:00AM


Georg Baselitz (German, b. 1938)

Signed and dated "G Baselitz 1977" l.r.
Ink on paper, 82 x 45 1/4 in. (208.3 x 115.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Pinholes to corners and edges, rippling, scattered small nicks and tears to edges, tear u.c., floated in frame, not examined out of frame.

Provenance: Sonnabend Gallery, New York; Estate of Richard E. Anderson, New York, New York/Redding, Connecticut.

N.B. Baselitz began painting and drawing subjects upside down in the late 1960s in an effort to focus attention on the formal aspects of his work rather than the figurative or narrative. While other artists who shared Baselitz's interest in emphasizing the formal over the representational might dispense altogether with recognizable objects and scenes, turning to abstraction, Baselitz maintained the figural subject but made it difficult, and even uncomfortable, to read.

To mark his 80th birthday, Baselitz's work was the focus of a recent retrospective at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, on view from January 21 to April 29, 2018.
Estimate $60,000-80,000

There are multiple large pinholes and corresponding abrasions to each corner. The largest tear is to the upper center and measures approximately 1 3/4 in. Tears to the upper left corner and the lower left measure approximately 1/2 inch each. There is a circular stain to the lower left (possibly inherent to the artist's process).

Framed dimensions: 85 x 47 1/2 in.

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Richard E. Anderson, Georg Baselitz, German art, Ileana Sonnabend, Modern painters, Visual arts, Basel