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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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "I always feel attacked when I'm asked about my painting."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "I love my old paintings as postulates, as fresh starting points, but I have to destroy them. I have to make a new manifesto."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "What counts most is finding new ways to get the world down in paint on my own terms."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz

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  • "Changes in style result from intellectual processes. I continually try to find something new so that I can change. I still do it today."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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?"
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "Whatever label you give it, German art has always been expressive. Think of Klee, Kandinsky, Kirchner. But when I was young and starting out as an artist I'd never heard of any of these people."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "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."
    Georg Baselitz

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