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”.
 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.
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