This impression is one of the twenty variants that Baselitz printed of the second state of this print. Undoubtedly Baselitz was inspired by his study of sixteenth-century Italian woodcuts, though he has warned against making any “serious comparison.” While in Florence in 1965, he began to collect mannerist prints created by masters of the chiaroscuro woodcut. Old master prints of this type line the walls of a long gallery in his home.
Artist Georg Baselitz, German, born 1938
Title
  • L.R.
Date 1966
Medium woodcut printed in black, gray-green and purple ink on ivory laid paper
Dimensions Block: 16 1/2 × 13 inches (41.9 × 33 cm)
Sheet: 17 3/4 × 13 3/4 inches (45.1 × 34.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Benson and Edith Ford Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund
Accession Number F1988.4
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed in pencil, lower right: Baselitz
Inscriptions Dated, lower right: 66
1988-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
George Baselitz Sculpture and Early Woodcuts. Exh. cat, Anthony d'Offay Gallery. London, 1988, 2b.