This landscape is based on one of Kiefer’s photographs of northernmost Norway, which the artist visited in 1974. Referencing historical landscape painting, the work presents a panoramic view onto which are inscribed two lineages of German-language thinkers: ascending the rainbow are G. W. F. Hegel, Ludwig Feuerbach, and Karl Marx; and running through the murky river are Arthur Schopenhauer, Richard Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Carl Jung, and Martin Heidegger. Both lines of thinkers believed in the idea of redemption, the former through the emergence of an extraordinary leader and the latter through individual recognition of one’s being.
Inscription: Inscribed (in ballpoint pen, across center): deutsche Heilslinie; (in ballpoint, under rainbow, upper left): Hegel Feuerbach Marx ->; (in ballpoint pen, lower center, along river): Schopenhauer Richard Wagner C.G. Jung M Heidegger/ F. Nietzche
private collection (1975–83; sold in 1983 to d'Offay); [Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1983–95; sold to MMA]
London. Anthony d'Offay Gallery. "Anselm Kiefer: Watercolours, 1970–1982," May 24–July 9, 1983, no. 2 (as "Deutsche Heilslinie [German spiritual heroes]").