Autumn Forest, Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945), Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper

Autumn Forest

Artist:
Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945)
Date:
1970
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
a: 4 5/8 × 6 3/4 in. (11.7 × 17.1 cm)
b: 9 1/4 × 12 3/4 in. (23.5 × 32.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.14.3ab
Rights and Reproduction:
© Anselm Kiefer
Not on view
Referencing myth, literature, and the history of art, Kiefer has often used landscape to instigate cultural memory. In Autumn Forest, the artist paired a small watercolor of the partial face of a reclining woman with a larger sheet depicting cropped, leafless trees near the Rhine, a historical symbol of German nationalism. Placed above the landscape, the woman’s face personifies the sky, as in love poetry. Together, the works and the interval between them make us aware of the associations we may bring to such images, whether or not they are presented by the artist.
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 "Herbstwald").

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. 4.

Madrid. Fundación Juan March. "The Abstraction of Landscape: From Northern Romanticism to Abstract Expressionism," October 4, 2007–January 13, 2008.

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.

R. H. Fuchs. Anselm Kiefer: Aquarelle 1970–1980. Exh. cat., Kunstverein Freiburg. Freiburg, 1981, unpaginated.

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. 22, 114, no. 4, ill. p. 23 (color).