Georg Baselitz, The Modern Painter, 1965, oil on canvas, 63 3/4 × 51 1/4".

Georg Baselitz

Städel Museum

Georg Baselitz, The Modern Painter, 1965, oil on canvas, 63 3/4 × 51 1/4".

Among the works in the exhibition “The Heroes” was The Modern Painter, 1965, showing a male figure against a light background, some brushes sticking out of his backpack. This painter, however, is not able to paint, since both his hands are stuck in traps on the ground. He is one of the many handicapped heroes that Georg Baselitz painted in the series known as “The Heroes” or “The New Types,” in 1965–66, when he was in his late twenties. Forty of them were on display in this exhibition, together with thirty drawings from the same era.

These hero-painters are survivors of battle. Lonely and disoriented wounded warriors, dressed in ragged uniforms or shabby civilian clothes, they wander through a bleak postwar landscape. Blocked Painter, 1965, is missing one leg; he rests on a stick and leans against a tree while holding his palette and brush. A bloodred flag appears in several

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