The German artist Georg Baselitz (b. 1938, Saxony), belongs to a small group of artists who developed a new figurative art in the sixties and seventies - notably a tiny galaxy of Neo-Expressionist German artists in the Seventies, sometimes known as "Neue Wilden", who focused on deformation, the force of matter and the vibrancy of colours. They were on the front line of the debate on the relations among art, society and history, at the same time confronting the difficult question of what it means to be a German artist in the wake of National Socialism and the Holocaust.
Georg Baselitz: Nachtessen in Dresden (Supper in Dresden), detail, 1983. Oil on canvas, 280 x 450 cm. Kunsthaus Zurich. Photo Frank Oleski, © Georg Baselitz.
Photo courtesy of The Royal Academy of Arts
Baselitz is perhaps best known for painting his motifs upside-down as a strategy to liberate the subject matter. His work incorporates figures, animals, birds, landscapes and still-lifes.
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