Georg Baselitz

born 1938 in Deutschbaselitz/Saxony, lives in Derneburg/Lower Saxony and Imperia/Italy.

In two large canvases located in the south entrance hall, Georg Baselitz takes up motifs from works by the Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840). As has been his practice since the late 1960s, here too he places the motifs on their heads in order to give priority to the formal struc­ture of the compositions.

His “Friedrich’s Woman on the Abyss” and “Friedrich’s Melancholy” are based on woodcuts of drawings by Caspar David Friedrich, which – employing a light, trans­parent painting technique – Baselitz has transposed into his own artistic idiom.

Formally, their translucence and expres­siveness enables the paintings to assert themselves against the monumental archi­tecture surrounding them, while in terms of content his echoing of Friedrich’s motifs establishes a link between the present and the Romantic period, an epoch of impor­tance in the definition of German identity.