Anselm Kiefer Artworks

Anselm Kiefer's painting are politically loaded, highly tactile, and hefty objects which are highly distinctive, with their sombre colouration and repeated references to German insignia, state architecture, heroic busts, and 'scorched earth' or forested vistas.

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Kiefer's artworks display an obsession with German culture: its antecedents and moral consequences, its historic accountability for following generations, and the fight against the erasure of memory. The paintings' scale, raw physicality, and sense of timelessness draw the viewer in, attempting to totally immerse them in the historic and ethical consequences of the Third Reich.

These unrelentingly symbolic images—such as To the Unknown Painter (1983), with its depiction of the courtyard of Hitler's Chancellery, or Shulamite (1983), with its huge rendered Wilhelm Kreis memorial, the Soldatenhalle in Berlin—all steeped in German history and now European catastrophe, make Kiefer instantly identifiable.

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In more recent years, the subjects addressed in Kiefer's artworks have expanded to include non-German-specific themes like Norse legends, the occult, string theory, astronomy, and with watercolour: delicate pink flowers and female nudes. In Keifer's For Velimir Khlebnikov: The Doctrine of War: Battles (2004–2010), with its attached lead submarine centrally positioned, the artist salutes the great experimental Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov, someone Kiefer obviously regards as an innovative kindred spirit, and who wrote poems predicting sea battles.

Anselm Kiefer's sculpture Uraeus (2020) was his first U.S. commissioned public sculpture, and comprises a large open lead book resting on a 'podium' of 30-feet-wide, open eagle wings at the Rockefeller Centre. It is supported on a 20-foot-high stainless steel pole, up which advances a coiled lead serpent. Like attracts like.

Über euren Städten wird Gras wachsen (Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow) by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork photography
Anselm Kiefer Über euren Städten wird Gras wachsen (Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow), 1988-2010 Gelatin silver print with silver toner, in steel frame
141 x 191 cm
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Jakobs Traum by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork mixed media
Anselm Kiefer Jakobs Traum, 2008 Oil, emulsion, fern covered in resin, clothing, wire, sand, ash and mud on cardboard laid on plywood, behind glass
190 x 140 cm
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Brünhildes Fels by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Anselm Kiefer Brünhildes Fels, 2020-2022 Emulsion, oil, acrylic, shellac, gold leaf, lead, rope, fabric and chalk on canvas
190 x 280 cm
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Alkahest by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing, mixed media
Anselm Kiefer Alkahest, 2021–2022 Emulsion, oil, acrylic, shellac, gold leaf, steel, paint bucket and charcoal on canvas
190 x 380 cm
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Im Frühtau zu Berge by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Anselm Kiefer Im Frühtau zu Berge, 2021–2022 Emulsion, oil, acrylic, shellac, gold leaf, straw, steel and charcoal on canvas
190 x 280 cm
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Rapunzel by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Anselm Kiefer Rapunzel, 2017 Oil, emulsion, acrylic, shellac and lead on canvas
280 x 190 cm
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für Andrea Emo by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork painting
Anselm Kiefer für Andrea Emo, 1978–2017 Emulsion, acrylic, oil, shellac, plaster, lead and charcoal canvas
160 x 103 x 20 cm
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Siegfried's difficult way to Brünhilde by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork sculpture
Anselm Kiefer Siegfried's difficult way to Brünhilde, 2014 Glass, metal, ceramic, volcanic stone and black and white photograph
190 x 80 x 70 cm
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Bleierne Zeit by Anselm Kiefer contemporary artwork painting
Anselm Kiefer Bleierne Zeit, 1976–2017 Emulsion, acrylic, oil, shellac, lead, metal and wire on canvas
108 x 150 x 27 cm
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