Untitled, Georg Baselitz
Georg Baselitz
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Georg Baselitz

Untitled, August 20, 1978

610 x 430 mm
Physical Description
Black drawing ink, blue writing ink (Pelikan), charcoal on rough wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 3357
Object Number
SG 3357 Z
Not on display


About the Work

In 1969, Georg Baselitz began depicting all of his pictorial motifs rotated by 180 degrees. He thus directed his attention not to the motif itself, but to colour, form, surface and line – as in this watercolour of upside-down bottles. While painting, he drew inspiration from, among other things, the artistic devices of the Expressionists: from Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s manner of disassembling forms and Emil Nolde’s flair for paint flowing freely across the surface of the paper.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Black drawing ink, blue writing ink (Pelikan), charcoal on rough wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Bleistift): G Baselitz 20.VIII.78
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten reichts (mit Bleistift): Nr. G.B.Z. 578
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Georg Baselitz

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 41E still life of miscellaneous objects
  • 41A774 container of glass: bottle, jar, vase
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 22C4(BLACK) colours, pigments, and paints: black
  • 22C4(BLUE) colours, pigments, and paints: blue

Research and Discussion


Object History
Kunsthandel Deutschland
erworben von der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1983.


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