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Winter Landscape

Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945)

Date:
1970
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
17 x 14 1/8in. (43.2 x 35.9cm) Frame: 29 1/4 x 25 3/4 x 2 in. (74.3 x 65.4 x 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Denise and Andrew Saul Fund, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.14.5
  • Description

    Contemplation of wild or "sublime" landscapes was a trope of Romantic-era picture making, particularly in Germany, but the earth depicted here has been roughly plowed and blanketed with snow, and the spare trees in the background lend a bleakness to the scene. A disembodied female head rises above the field, bleeding from the neck, and spots of blood-red watercolor tinge the pale ground. Kiefer perhaps had in mind mythological personifications of nature-Daphne, for example, who was metamorphosed into a laurel tree by her father to escape the attentions of Apollo. Yet this depiction of a ruined terrain, spotted with blood,
    is difficult to separate from evocations of the scarring wounds of World War II.

  • Exhibition History

    - Fuchs, Freiburg.
    - Seymour, London, plate 3
    - Fuchs, Dusseldorf Tour, p 56, plate 28, cat # 63
    - Rosenthal, Chicago Tour, p 19, plate 3
    - Rosenthal, Japan Tour, p 85, cat # W-1

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Made in Germany," 22 May 2007 - 21 Oct 2007.

    Duisburg. Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst. "Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer: Zeichnungen, Gouachen, Bücher," June 29–September 30, 2012, unnumbered cat. (p. 151; as "Winterlandschaft").

  • References

    - Fuchs, Freiburg.
    - Seymour, London, plate 3
    - Fuchs, Dusseldorf Tour, p 56, plate 28, cat # 63
    - Rosenthal, Chicago Tour, p 19, plate 3
    - Rosenthal, Japan Tour, p 85, cat # W-1

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