Abendland
Anselm Kiefer
Abendland
Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945): Abendland (Twilight of the West) 1989. Lead sheet, synthetic polymer paint, ash, plaster, cement, earth, varnish on canvas and wood; 400.0 (h) x 380.0 (w) x 12.0 (d) cm. Painted in image c.l. "Abend-Land" National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia. © Anselm Kiefer. Image: © 2013 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



"The huge scale of 'Twilight of the West' creates a confrontational impact on the viewer that is not achieved with smaller easel paintings. Kiefer constructs works of this size with an underlying skeleton of broad gestural marks reminiscent of Abstract Expressionism. He adopts a wide variety of pictorial devices, in particular the nineteenth-century Romantics' use of the symbolic landscape to create a drama of epic proportions." (Christine Dixon, National Gallery of Australia)

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