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Georg Baselitz

Mano II (gold) . 2019

Mano II (gold) . 2019

+ Cristea Roberts Gallery

Baselitz is a prolific printmaker and printmaking is as essential a part of his artistic practice as painting, drawing and sculpture. He uses a variety of intaglio techniques to realise these new works; having initially drawn and proofed the plates on his own etching press at his studio on the Ammersee, outside Munich, he then works with a master printer who pulls the final editions. Continue reading Georg Baselitz

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Georg Baselitz

Mark Rothko . 2018

Mark Rothko . 2018

photos: © Jochen Littkemann . + Gagosian

Baselitz’s interest in portraiture emerges from his fascination with memory and its inconsistencies, as well as his observation that every painting—even a portrait of another person—is the artist’s self-portrait. At the Kunstmuseum Basel, he saw Henri Rousseau’s The Muse Inspires the Poet (Marie Laurencin and Guillaume Apollinaire) (1909) and assumed that the depicted couple was Rousseau and his wife—only to discover later that the painting shows the poet Apollinaire and his muse, painter Laurencin. Continue reading Georg Baselitz