Ride to the Vistula shares its title with a 1941 book by the Silesian author Alfons Hayduk, a historian of the Vistula region who was also a member of the Nazi party; the book was banned in West Germany after the war. A plunging horse (Poland) stretches diagonally across the entire sheet, its rear leg extending the composition’s borders (and metaphorically, Germany’s or Poland’s) onto a small rectangle of paper at the upper left.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Titled (diagonally, center to L.R.): Ritt an die Weichsel Inscribed (U.R.): Michael; (Center R.): Carl Maria
private collection (until 1983; sold in 1983 d'Offay); [Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1983–95; sold to MMA]
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. 29.
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, pp. 10, 67, 70, no. 29, ill. p. 69 (color).