Kaltmut, Jörg Immendorff
Jörg Immendorff
Kaltmut
DE
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Jörg Immendorff

Kaltmut, 1983


Dimensions
250.0 x 150.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2154
Acquisition
Acquired in 1986 with funds from Degussa AG, Gabriel Quandt and Heinz Friederichs. Property of the Städelsche Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Beginning in 1976, the Düsseldorf artist Jörg Immendorff maintained a close friendship with the Dresden painter A. R. Penck. His favourite subject was the division of Germany, which he examined prominently from 1977 onwards in his 'Café Deutschland' series and in 1983 in the painting 'Kaltmut', now in the Städel. Here, too, he inscribes the title on the canvas. We can understand this imaginary word as an appeal for courage against the Cold War - a quality that at least the federal eagle possesses. Painted in black-red-gold and wearing a military greatcoat, it has come alive and broken through a layer of ice. In the middle of the painting, the floes of ice flying about form the outline of a reunited Germany; further up, that of the German Democratic Republic. The tip of another floe points towards Berlin, the divided city, whose Wall is the symbol for a Germany that has been torn in two. Immendorff's art remains political but distances itself from things, perhaps in order not to fall into the same trap as Beuys, whom he later reproached for having neglected art in favour of politics.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Kaltmut (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: Immendorff 1983

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© The Estate of Jörg Immendorff
Acquisition
Acquired in 1986 with funds from Degussa AG, Gabriel Quandt and Heinz Friederichs. Property of the Städelsche Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 54EE3 Conflict; 'Contrasto' (Ripa)
  • 25F33(EAGLE) predatory birds: eagle
  • 26D41 drift ice
Secondary
  • 41D212 coat, cape
  • 46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman
  • 49L1 letters, alphabet, script

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11.02.2020