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Anselm Kiefer

 

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.

 

Anselm Kiefer

 

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.

 

comments (3)

It certainly is an amazing process!
Larry Bliss: The completed working is nothing short of astonishing!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Jun 2019, 07:24
I can see why you are moved by this artist's work Larry

Wiki says - Anselm Kiefer (born 8 March 1945) is a German painter and sculptor. He studied with Joseph Beuys and Peter Dreher during the 1970s. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac. The poems of Paul Celan have played a role in developing Kiefer's themes of German history and the horror of the Holocaust, as have the spiritual concepts of Kabbalah.

In his entire body of work, Kiefer argues with the past and addresses taboo and controversial issues from recent history. Themes from Nazi rule are particularly reflected in his work; for instance, the painting "Margarethe" (oil and straw on canvas) was inspired by Paul Celan's well-known poem "Todesfuge" ("Death Fugue").

His works are characterised by an unflinching willingness to confront his culture's dark past, and unrealised potential, in works that are often done on a large, confrontational scale well suited to the subjects. It is also characteristic of his work to find signatures and/or names of people of historical importance, legendary figures or historical places. All of these are encoded signals through which Kiefer seeks to process the past; this has resulted in his work being linked with the movements New Symbolism and Neo–Expressionism.
Larry Bliss: Good summary.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Jun 2019, 15:29
Fighting gravity. Like some weaver nests hanging onto a tree.
Larry Bliss: Good observation.

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