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Farewell Bill by Georg Baselitz

Farewell Bill by Georg Baselitz

Royal Academy of Arts

Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: 40

Image Size: 66.6 x 49.8 cm

Sheet Size: 85.2 x 64.7 cm


Condition: Pristine

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Georg Baselitz Hon RA re-energises the grand tradition of self portraiture. This electrifying piece is a direct homage to the gestural figures of Willem de Kooning, whose primal paintings Baselitz encountered as a student in 1958.

Like that great abstract expressionist, Baselitz has worked instinctively and with a watercolour-like fluidity. Consistent with his established formal vocabulary, which acts to disrupt the painted subject visually and symbolically, Baselitz portrays himself upside down.

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Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz is a German painter and printmaker known for his inverted, or “upside-down,” paintings. He began creating prints in the 1960s, using techniques such as lithography, etching, and woodcut. Baselitz’s prints often depict the same subjects as his paintings, including figures and landscapes, but in a more graphic, simplified style.

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