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Winter Landscape

Artist:
Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945)
Date:
1970
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
17 x 14 1/8 in. (43.2 x 35.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Denise and Andrew Saul Fund, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.14.5
Not on view
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.
private collection (1970–83; sold in 1983 to d'Offay); [Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1983–95; sold to MMA]

Kunstverein Freiburg. "Anselm Kiefer: Aquarelle 1970–1980," September 18–October 18, 1981, unnumbered cat. (as "Winterlandschaft").

London. Anthony d'Offay Gallery. "Anselm Kiefer: Watercolours, 1970–1982," May 24–July 9, 1983, no. 3 (as "Winterlandschaft [Winter landscape]").

Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. "Anselm Kiefer," March 24–May 5, 1984, no. 63.

ARC/Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. "Anselm Kiefer," May 11–June 21, 1984, no. 63.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. "Anselm Kiefer," July 31–September 30, 1984, no. 63.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Anselm Kiefer," December 5, 1987–January 31, 1988, unnumbered cat. (colorpl. 3; lent by a private collection).

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Anselm Kiefer," March 6–May 1, 1988, unnumbered cat.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. "Anselm Kiefer," June 14–September 11, 1988, unnumbered cat.

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Anselm Kiefer," October 17, 1988–January 3, 1989, unnumbered cat.

Sezon Museum of Modern Art. "Anselm Kiefer–Melancholia," June 3–July 19, 1993, no. W–1 (as "Winterlandschaft").

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. "Anselm Kiefer–Melancholia," August 3–September 5, 1993, no. W–1.

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. "Anselm Kiefer–Melancholia," September 18–October 24, 1993, no. W–1.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 15, 1998–March 21, 1999, no. 5.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes by Klee and Kiefer," January 19–September 30, 2001, no catalogue.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. "Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth," September 25, 2005–January 8, 2006, unnumbered cat. (p. 53).

Washington, D. C. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. "Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth," June 18–September 10, 2006, unnumbered cat.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth," October 5, 2006–January 14, 2007, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Made in Germany," May 22–October 14, 2007, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Broken Flowers and Grass: Nature and Landscape in the Drawings of Anselm Kiefer," March 24–August 2, 2009, no catalogue.

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

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Anselm Kiefer," September 27–December 14, 2014, no. 14.

Anne Seymour. Anselm Kiefer: Watercolours 1970–1982. Exh. cat., Anthony d'Offay Gallery. London, 1983, unpaginated, no. 3, ill. (color).

Jürgen Harten in Anselm Kiefer. Exh. cat., Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Dusseldorf, 1984, pp. 56, 174, no. 63, fig. 28.

Mark Rosenthal. Anselm Kiefer. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago and Philadelphia, 1987, p. 18, colorpl. 3.

Mark Rosenthal. Anselm Kiefer–Melancholia. Exh. cat., Sezon Bijutsukan. Tokyo, 1993, pp. 86, 225, no. W–1, ill. p. 85 (color).

Nan Rosenthal in "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1994–1995." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 53 (Autumn 1995), p. 68.

Nan Rosenthal. Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, p. 22, no. 5, ill. p. 25 (color).

Lisa Saltzman. Anselm Kiefer and Art After Auschwitz. Cambridge, England, 1999, p. 71, fig. 31.

Michael Auping. Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth. Exh. cat., Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Fort Worth, 2005, pp. 52–53, ill. (color).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 2012, p. 432, ill. (color).

Kathleen Soriano in Anselm Kiefer. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. London, 2014, pp. 29, 225, no. 14, fig. 8 (color detail), ill. p. 88 (color).

Christian Weikop in Anselm Kiefer. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. London, 2014, pp. 32, 41.

Richard Davey in Anselm Kiefer. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. London, 2014, p. 58.

Daniel Arasse. Anselm Kiefer. 2nd ed. [1st ed., 2010]. London, 2014, pp. 133–35, ill. (color).

Léa Salvador and Eva König in Anselm Kiefer. Ed. Jean-Michel Bouhours. Exh. cat., Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Galerie I. Paris, 2015, ill. p. 236 (color).



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