Kiefer, Anselm


Kiefer, Anselm
born March 8, 1945, Donaueschingen, Ger.

German painter.

In 1970 he studied under the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys. In such huge paintings as Germany's Spiritual Heroes (1973) he used visual symbols, somber colours, and naive drawing to comment with irony and sarcasm on Germany's tragic past. In the 1980s his colossal paintings acquired an intense physical presence by means of perspectival devices and unusual textures. He is one of the most prominent figures in late 20th-century Neo-Expressionism.

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▪ German painter
born March 8, 1945, Donaueschingen, Ger.

      German painter who became one of the most prominent figures in the Neo-Expressionist art movement of the late 20th century.

      Kiefer abandoned his law studies at the University of Freiburg in 1966 to pursue art. He subsequently studied at art academies in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, and Dusseldorf. In the latter city in 1970 he became a student of the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys (Beuys, Joseph), who encouraged Kiefer's early use of symbolic photographic images to deal ironically with 20th-century German history. Beuys also encouraged Kiefer to paint, and in such huge paintings as “Germany's Spiritual Heroes” (1973) and “Operation Sea Lion” (1975) Kiefer was able to develop an array of visual symbols by which he could comment with irony and sarcasm on certain tragic aspects of German history and culture, in particular the Nazi period. These paintings used garish, sombre colours and coarse, naive drawing, but they did achieve powerful effects owing to their imaginative allusions to Nazism. In the 1970s he also painted a series of landscape vistas that capture the rutted and sombre look of the German countryside and that use linear perspective with great dramatic effect.

      Kiefer's landscapes and interiors done in the 1980s acquired an intense physical presence by means of perspectival devices and the incorporation of unusual textures on the surface of the painted canvas. Though Kiefer continued to treat Germany's Nazi past in such paintings as “Interiors” (1981), the range of his themes broadened to include references to ancient Hebrew and Egyptian history, as in the large painting “Osiris and Isis” (1985–87).

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