AN “UPSIDE DOWN” HAND-SIGNED OFFSET LITHOGRAPH BY GERMAN PAINTER GEORG BASELITZ
Georg Baselitz (born 1938) Hand Signed Offset Lithograph, "G. Baselitz 19. X 88", in blue ink, 4 x 6, of his 1984/85 oil painting "Die Nacht", by the German painter, sculptor and graphic artist. In the 1960s he became well known for his figurative, expressive paintings: the human figure, pictorially represented in powerful brush strokes, stood in the center of this intense creative period. Drawing from a myriad of influences, including art of Soviet era illustration art, the Mannerist period and African sculptures, he developed his own, distinct artistic language. The artist counts Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Joseph Beuys and also the Expressionist painters of the artists' association Brucke as his role models. By “turning his works upside down” he was able to confront the viewer directly with the organization of color and form on the picture surface, undeflected by the personal content of the picture. Created in this way empty of content, Baselitz’s pictures are not interpretable, but only viewable.