This is a detail from a much larger work by the German artist Anselm Kiefer. It hangs in the North Carolina Museum of Art in my hometown. It never fails to move me.
The painting is a triptych. This is the upper left of the leftmost panel. Materials used: Oil, acrylic, emulsion, shellac, lead, charcoal, and straw on photograph, mounted on canvas; with stones, leads, and steel cable.
Here is the entire work. It is absolutely awe-inspring in person.
Short video of the artist and his method.
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