One of the most important artists of his generation and a pioneer of the Neo-Expressionism, Georg Baselitz is a German painter, sculptor and printmaker.
Born Hans-Georg Kern in Deutschbaselitz near Dresden in 1938, the German artist rose to prominence with his figurative works, depicting landscapes, animals and figures and the innovative upside-down paintings, which are charged with the dynamism and energy of abstraction.
Counting among his influences Art Brut, Art Informel and Abstract Expressionism, his work is characterized by expressionistic mark-making combined with an unrefined, grotesque depiction. Baselitz rejects strict abstraction in favor of recognizable subject matter, employing a raw style able to convey direct emotions and returning the human figure to a central position in painting.
"I was born into a destroyed order, a destroyed landscape, a destroyed people, a destroyed society. I was forced to question everything."—Georg Baselitz
In his works, whether presented in the form of a painting, drawing, printmaking or monumental wood sculpture, Baselitz often addresses issues related to German national identity post-World War II. The concept of destruction plays a significant role in his oeuvre: by breaking common conventions of perception, Baselitz was able to turn personal circumstances into guiding artistic principles.