Everyone Stands Under His Own Dome of Heaven

Artist: Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945)

Date: 1970

Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on joined paper

Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 18 7/8in. (40 x 47.9cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Denise and Andrew Saul Fund, 1995

Accession Number: 1995.14.4

Rights and Reproduction: © Anselm Kiefer


In 1969, near the end of his studies at the Art Academy in Karlsruhe, Germany, Kiefer staged photographs of himself in paramilitary costumes at various monuments or Romantic-style landscapes throughout Western Europe-in Switzerland, Italy, or the south of France. Wearing jodhpurs and boots or a dark green coat, Kiefer re-enacted the Nazi salute-the Heil Hitler that was, by nature of Kiefer's own Germanness and by the horrendous history such a gesture evoked, a highly provocative subject.
Part of a series of watercolors related to these photographs, Everyone Stands Under His Own Dome of Heaven reimagines the now miniscule figure of the artist in a green military coat in the midst of a vast and snow-dusted field. The transparent hemisphere under which this tiny figure stands isolates him further from the landscape that surrounds him. As Kiefer has said, "Each man has his own dome, his own perceptions, his own theories. There is no one god for all."