Wo ist der gelbe Milchkrug, Frau Vogel? [Where is the Yellow Milkjug Mrs Bird?] (1989)
About this artwork
Like ‘Volkstanz Marode’, this painting belongs to the series of works called ‘Streubilder’ (‘Scatter Paintings’) or ‘Ciao America’, that Baselitz painted in the first half of 1989. The work has the same all-over distribution of form (birds, in this case) and unifying background colour as ‘Volkstanz’. There is also a similar primitivist, expressionist brushwork and folkloric subject matter, that marks them both out as unapologetically European, as opposed to the (on the whole) cooler, conceptual approach of American artists at the time. Hence the title of some of Baselitz’s contemporary paintings, ‘Ciao America’.
- title: Wo ist der gelbe Milchkrug, Frau Vogel? [Where is the Yellow Milkjug Mrs Bird?]
- accession number: AR00032
- artist: Georg BaselitzGerman (born 1938)
- gallery: On Loan
- object type: Painting
- date created: 1989
- measurements: 250.40 x 250.50 x 55.00cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © Georg Baselitz.
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Georg Kern was born near Dresden in East Germany and studied art in both East and West Germany. He took the surname Baselitz from his place of birth in 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was built. Baselitz is credited with reintroducing the figure, as well a sense of history (a problematic issue in post-war Germany), into German painting, though he did this in a deeply sceptical, ambiguous way. In 1969 he caused controversy for his paintings in which the images were painted upside down. This was a device to take the focus off the subject matter and highlight the expressive and formal qualities of the painting style.