Oil on canvas
Overall: 249.9 x 199.4 cm (98 3/8 x 78 1/2 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1999.86
Georg Baselitz's first inverted figures included abstract portraits of his wife, Elke, and his friends in the German art world.
In 1969 Georg Baselitz challenged painting traditions through a foundational reversal: he began rendering the human figure upside down. This departure established a new pictorial convention for the artist that he developed in subsequent years. The work's expressive brushwork and bright, raw colors endow the disorienting image with strong emotional energy, evocative of inner turmoil.
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