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Inspirational Art Quotes by the German expressionist artist Georg Baselitz
Born Hans-Georg Kern - Deutschbaselitz, Saxony, Germany - 23rd of January, 1938 / Lives - Germany
Popular Georg Baselitz works include expressionist figurative paintings, upside down works, and large carved wooden sculptures.
Georg Baselitz Quotes
- "The reality is
the picture, it is most certainly not in the picture."
- "I begin with an
idea, but as I work, the picture takes over. Then there is the struggle
between the idea I preconceived.. and the picture that fights for
its own life."
- "I always rejected
any connection with the expressionist or neo-expressionist tradition.
Unlike the expressionists, I have never been interested in renewing
the world through the vehicle of art."
- "I paint German
artists whom I admire. I paint their pictures, their work as painters,
and their portraits too. But oddly enough, each of these portraits
ends up as a picture of a woman with blonde hair. I myself have
never been able to work out why this happens."
- "I always feel attacked
when I'm asked about my painting."
- "I love my old paintings
as postulates, as fresh starting points, but I have to destroy them.
I have to make a new manifesto."
- "What counts most
is finding new ways to get the world down in paint on my own terms."
- "I always work out
of uncertainty but when a painting's finished it becomes a fixed
idea, apparently a final statement. In time though, uncertainty
returns.. your thought process goes on."
- "The artist is not
responsible to any one. His social role is asocial.. his only responsibility
consists in an attitude to the work he does."
- "Changes in style
result from intellectual processes. I continually try to find something
new so that I can change. I still do it today."
- "When I paint something,
I don't paint what I see in front of me, I paint the things I see
in my head when I'm looking."
- "I wonder if bad
experiences are necessary for good paintings. It was certainly true
in my case. When I read the biographies of other artists, I'm struck
by comparable situations, even in America, where Rauschenberg and
his friends were in conflict with society. To go inside yourself
and create something that hasn't been seen before you have to react
against something. But when I go to the Venice Biennale today it
seems that young artists and society in general are too close together.
Where are the scandals, where is the conflict, today?"
- "Many of my advisers,
especially my wife, say that I am too bold. But what am I supposed
to do? Am I supposed to make statements that are politic? Am I supposed
to be friendly? That's just not who I am."
- "I used to be a
professor and eighty percent of my students were women. So there
is a possibility for women and girls to study art, but they are
less successful than the men. You can count and the numbers will
prove me right."
- "I used to be able
to paint all day and all night, but these days it is only for three
hours in the morning. Working the wood is especially hard work,
but two trunks have just been delivered from the Black Forest, so
there is more to do."
- "Whatever label
you give it, German art has always been expressive. Think of Klee,
But when I was young and starting out as an artist I'd never heard
of any of these people."
- "I had always loved
expressionist painting, like every European. In fact I admired it
all the more because these were precisely the paintings despised
by my father's generation."
- "I don't like things
that can be reproduced. Wood isn't important in itself but rather
in the fact that objects made in it are unique, simple, unpretentious."