Broken Flowers and Grass

Anselm Kiefer German

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In an act of alteration and metamorphosis, during the 1980s Kiefer began reusing earlier self-portraits staged in the studio to create new works. The title Broken Flowers and Grass comes from the Middle-High German lyric poet Walther von der Vogelweide (1170–1230), who uses the phrase to reference the spot where two lovers made their bed. Dressed in a crocheted gown, the artist presented himself as if asleep, but the broken flowers and grass cover his body as if he were dead and buried, the ultimate state of transformation.

Broken Flowers and Grass, Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945), Gouache, acrylic, watercolor, and shellac on photograph

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