Georg Baselitz Biography - ArtLyst
Georg Baselitz was born in 1938 in the former East Germany. He studied painting at the Hochschule für bildende und angewandte Kunst in East Berlin. Expelled for "sociopolitical immaturity.
"He successfully applied to West Berlin's Hochschule der Künste and continued his studies in the class of Professor Hann Trier.During this period he was heavely influenced by the theories of Ernst-Wilhelm Nay, Wassily Kandinsky and Kasimir Malevich.
In the 1970s, Baselitz was part of a group of Neo-Expressionist German artists, occasionally identified as 'Neue Wilden', focusing on deformation, the power of subject and the vibrancy of the colors. He is well known for his upside-down images and seen as a revolutionary painter as he draws the viewer’s attention to his works by making them think, sparking their interest.
From the outset, Baselitz confronted the visceral realities of history and the human and cultural tragedies of a world in turmoil with a cast of tragic anti-heroes. The subjects of the paintings don’t seem to be as significant as the work’s visual insight.
Through out his career, Baselitz has varied his style, ranging from layering substances to his style, since the 1990s, which focuses more on lucidity and smooth changes.