Kiefer began exploring the theme of the palette in 1974, explaining that it "represents the idea of the artist connecting heaven and earth. . . . Artists are like shamans, who when they were meditating would sit in a tree in order to suspend themselves between heaven and earth. The palette can transform reality by suggesting new visions. Or you could say that the visionary experience finds its way to the material world through the palette." Here, the palette hovers above the earth and is connected to a heavenly dove, the Christian symbol of the Holy Spirit, by a ray of light inscribed with a German phrase from Catholic mass.
Inscription: Inscribed diagonally upper center left in pen and ink: utopisches ultraviolett [utopian ultraviolet]; inscribed vertically center in ballpoint pen: Sende Deinen Geist aus; inscribed horizontally in pen and ink: Sende Deinen Geist aus [illegible] wird alles neu [Send forth your spirit (illegible) everything becomes new]
private collection (1974–83; sold in 1983 to d'Offay); [Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1983–95; sold to MMA]