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Night of the Painter
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
    • Eugen Schönebeck (*1936)

  • TitleNight of the Painter
  • Date1961
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Rupfen
  • Dimensions101 x 82 cm (Bildmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert und datiert oben rechts: "ES 61"
  • Inscriptionrückseitig Keilrahmen oben links: "Nacht des Malers 97/64", Mitte: Aufkleber "Der Senator für Wissenschaft und Kunst Berlin - Referat Bildende Kunst - / Inv.-Nr. 97/64 / Nacht des Malers // Eugen Schönebeck" gestempelt mit Siegel "Kunstbesitz des Landes Berlin", oben rechts: bezeichnet "E. Schönebeck 1961"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 4448/89
  • CreditlineÜbernahme von der Senatsverwaltung für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin, 1987
  • On DisplayNo
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Misshapen and mutilated, a man hangs on a cross. A post is drilled through his head and his right leg is missing; the wild, expressive brushwork has turned his body into an amorphous mass. Initially, Eugen Schönebeck had learnt to paint in the style of Abstract Expressionism; the gestural use of paint in this image still reflects those beginnings. In the early 1960s,
however, he joined together with Georg Baselitz. In the
Pandemonic Manifestos the two of them elevated the ugly, the obscene and the blasphemous to the central themes of a new figurative painting.

In Schönebeck’s images creatures appear like visions from a sombre dream landscape. As representatives of humanity they reflect desperate conditions, the tortures of man’s existence. The official staging of superficial normality during the Cold War and protest against the generation of the fathers who had
supported the terror of the National Socialist regime with their silent acquiescence – all this led the young artist to a
revolutionary outcry.