Acker, Georg Baselitz
Georg Baselitz
Acker
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Georg Baselitz

Acker, 1962


Dimensions
139.0 x 189.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2323
Acquisition
Acquired in 2010 as a gift from Dorette Hildebrand-Staab
Status
On display

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About the Work

Two mutilated corpses lie on a battlefield that has been destroyed by fire. Stones and sprouting potatoes are scattered randomly across the earth. The gestural, raw painting awakens associations with the rotting flesh of the tortured bodies, which are marked by suffering. The decay of the subject of the painting tallies with the painting process. Shades of brown dominate the picture and run over into absolute black in the background. The title of the picture alludes to "God's acre", the graveyard, which appears here in a particularly perverted form: this "field" gives birth and devours. Baselitz's radical, dark, atmospheric pictures from the early 1960s reflect the sensibilities of Germany's post-war years.

About the Donation

In 2010 the Städel Museum acquired four major works of contemporary German art thanks to a donation by Dorette Hildebrand-Staab. Despite the prevailing opinion at that time, the donor had recognised the significance of Georg Baselitz early on and she encouraged and supported the artist for many years. The four paintings which made their way into the Städel’s holdings through her gift had already been purchased by the patroness of the arts in the 1960s, in part from the artist himself.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Acker (Original Title)
Title Translation
Field
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Georg Baselitz (Hans-Georg Kern)
Acquisition
Acquired in 2010 as a gift from Dorette Hildebrand-Staab

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Source
  • Georg Baselitz und Eugen Schönebeck: Pandämonische Manifeste, 1961/1962

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31E death of human being
  • 31A22 parts of the human body (skeleton excepted)
  • 31A(+56) the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) (+ lying)
  • 31A4632 infections and wounds
  • 25H182 ploughed field
Secondary
  • 33B6 killing ~ aggressive relationships

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15.05.2019