Rebel (Rebell)

© Georg Baselitz 2024. Image credit: Tate

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In the mid1960s, Baselitz embarked on a series of paintings depicting giant male figures, which he described as 'rebels', 'shepherds' or 'new types'. 'Rebel' can be seen within the tradition of the Romantic partisan – a hero and outsider often associated with the figure of the artist. The implement in his right hand may be a flagpole or paintbrush. In contrast to the triumphant warriors of the past, this is the wounded and dishevelled anti-hero of today.

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Rebel (Rebell)




Oil on canvas


H 165 x W 133 cm

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Purchased 1982

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