Oberon, Georg Baselitz
Georg Baselitz
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Georg Baselitz

Oberon, 1964

318 x 256 mm
Physical Description
Pencil and coloured pencil on laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17169 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

This drawing bears a close connection to the painting of the same name that forms the culmination of Georg Baselitz’s “pandemonic phase”. The artist’s figural depictions of that phase mirror a society stricken with the consequences of repressing the Nazi crimes against humanity. He gave it expression in deformed beings with overly long necks and faces distorted in grimaces – creatures he himself described as “gristly outgrowths of tremendous size in the desolate landscape”[1].

[1] Georg Baselitz: Pandämonisches Manifest I, 1. Version, Oktober 1961, in: Georg Baselitz. Der Weg der Erfindung.

Zeichnungen, Bilder, Skulpturen, Exh. Cat.., Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main

1988, pp 14–15.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil and coloured pencil on laid paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verso signiert und datiert oben links (mit Bleistift): G. Baselitz 64
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet oben rechts (mit Bleistift): FAH / 42 / C3
Verso bezeichnet unten rechts: 384
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Georg Baselitz

Work Content

Motifs and References

Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • William Shakespeare: Ein Sommernachtstraum



Research and Discussion


Object History
Dorette Hildebrand-Staab
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2014.


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