Georg Baselitz is a German painter, sculptor and graphic artist,
who in the 1960s became known for his expressionist style.
Georg Baselitz is a pioneering postwar artist who rejected abstraction in favor of recognizable subject matter.
As a pioneering post-war artist, the concept of destruction plays an important role in his life and work.
“I was born into a destroyed order, a destroyed landscape, a destroyed people, a destroyed society. And I didn’t want to re-establish an order: I had seen enough of the so-called order.”
Baselitz carved these sculptures directly from tree trunks, often using chainsaws and axes.
He claimed in 1983 that he worked with wood because he wanted ‘to avoid all manual dexterity, all elegance, everything to do with construction’.