Everyone Stands Under His Own Dome of Heaven

Artist: Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945)

Date: 1970

Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on joined paper

Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 18 7/8in. (40 x 47.9cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Denise and Andrew Saul Fund, 1995

Accession Number: 1995.14.4

Rights and Reproduction: © Anselm Kiefer


Part of a series of watercolors related to the photographs Kiefer staged in 1969 reenacting the Nazi salute, Everyone Stands Under His Own Dome of Heaven re-imagines the now-miniscule figure of the artist in a green military coat in the midst of a vast, snow-dusted field. The transparent hemisphere under which this tiny figure stands isolates him further from the surrounding land-scape. As Kiefer has said, "Each man has his own dome, his own perceptions, his own theories. There is no one God for all."