470
470
Georg Baselitz
6 BEAUTIFUL, 4 UGLY PORTRAITS: BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT 2
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 USD
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470
Georg Baselitz
6 BEAUTIFUL, 4 UGLY PORTRAITS: BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT 2
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Georg Baselitz
B. 1938
6 BEAUTIFUL, 4 UGLY PORTRAITS: BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT 2
signed with the artist's initials and dated 2.I.88; signed, titled twice in German and dated 02. XII87-12.I.88 on the reverse
oil on wood
35 3/8 by 28 in. 90 by 71 cm.
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Provenance

Michael Werner Gallery, New York
Private Collection
Christie's, Amsterdam, 30 October 2012, Lot 40
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Exh. Cat., Kunsthaller Bremen, Georg Baselitz, Das Motiv, 1988, p. 13, illustrated in color
Exh. Cat., Barcelona, Exposicón Centre Cultural de la Fundació Caixa de Pensions, Georg Baselitz, 1990, p. 50, illustrated
Exh. Cat., Saarbrücken, Saarland Museum, Georg Baselitz, Werke 1981-1993, 1994, p. 238, illustrated

Catalogue Note

“Baselitz's work is a masterful union of bleakness and sensuality, mirage-like illusion and direct abstract painting, intensity and irony, introspection and irrationality. His works are grimly historical as well as personal confessions – socially as well as humanly authentic. Above all, they are that difficult and rare thing, an uncanny, dynamic mix of ugliness and beauty, vulgar in their perfection and perfect in their vulgarity. They have a kind of graceful, lyric crudity, transforming what Cézanne called "vibrating sensation" into grotesque, "Gothic" sensation. The series of 6 Beautiful, 4 Ugly Portraits – sublime and infernal, noble and grisly, disintegrated and re-integrated, estranged and haunting, intuitive and urgent – makes this very clear.”

Donald Kuspit, ‘A Critical History of 20th-Century Art,’ Artnet Magazine, 28 July 2006, n.p.

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