68
68

PROPERTY FORM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION

Anselm Kiefer
DIE UNGEBORENEN
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 369,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
68

PROPERTY FORM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION

Anselm Kiefer
DIE UNGEBORENEN
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 369,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Art Contemporain – Evening Sale

|
Paris

Anselm Kiefer
N. 1945
DIE UNGEBORENEN
titled
oil, acrylic, chalk, soil and lead on canvas
190 x 330 cm; 74 13/16 x 129 15/16 in.
Executed in 2004.
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

Yvon Lambert, Paris
Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 2005)

Catalogue Note

Fig. 1
Caspar David Friedrich, Abbey among Oak Trees, circa 1809 

What we cannot talk about should be sung. This is what Mozart believed was the motto of opera. What cannot be articulated by song or speech should be expressed in signs. These signs probably precede thought.  It is the beginning of theory. And from this point of view, Anselm Kiefer is on the one hand an artist and a painter  and on the other a theoretician and a conceiver of signs, just as a composer sees himself as a conceiver of sounds. This is the story of visible and invisible images.”
Alexander Kluge

 The majestic painting Die Ungeborenen with its reference to the myths and legends at the origins of humanity, is exemplary of Anselm Kiefer’s work in many ways. The artist often explores the hybrid sphere of not belonging, dealing both with questions of birth on a human scale and the notion of the beginnings of humanity. With his representation of a tree of life bearing small reduced dresses cast in lead, Kiefer creates a complex work with several layers of meaning. One of these is the idea of hatching. As in a dream, the branches of the tree seem to grow, giving life to inanimate matter. The artist plays with techniques and materials in order to treat the different themes linked with philosophy, theology and history that he has explored over the past forty years.

Art Contemporain – Evening Sale

|
Paris