Published on the occasion of the exhibition Georg Baselitz: Drinkers and Orange Eaters, this book is a full catalogue raisonné of the two series, which date from 1981-1982. The catalogue includes full plate images of the 27 paintings that comprise this body of work, as well as select detail images. Accompanying the reproductions is the essay “Oranges and Apples” by Katy Siegel, historical studio images, and a complete annotated catalogue of all works.
In the Drinkers and Orange Eaters, Baselitz reacts to the work of his German Expressionist predecessors — Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde, among others—paying homage to his artistic forefathers while simultaneously establishing distance from them. Championed as a leading exponent of German Neo-Expressionist painting, Baselitz displays a newfound freedom from ideological pressures with these works. Baselitz explains, “The '80s helped me to rearrange everything; I was able to set up a whole range of ideas and experiences anew, which meant I was able to break everything down so I could make something out of it again.”
These two series are regarded as some of Baselitz’s most expressive and vividly colorful works, emphasizing the physicality of paint and gestural brushstrokes. Baselitz said of this series, “I was boxing with both hands, so to speak,” using form, style and color to shatter traditional assumptions. The Drinkers and Orange Eaters represent a critical time in history and an evolving ideology of liberation.
9.5 x 11.5 inches (24.13 x 29.21 cm.)
116 pages. Illustrated in color throughout. Hardcover.
Publication date: June 2015
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