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The Crucified I
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
  • Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
    • Eugen Schönebeck (*1936)

  • TitleThe Crucified I
  • Date1964
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Leinwand
  • Dimensions162 x 130 cm (Bildmaß), 167 x 135,5 x 5,8 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert unten links: "E. Schönebeck 64"
  • Inscriptionrückseitig Leinwand oben Mitte: E. Schönebeck "Kreuzigung" 1964
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 7436/94
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln der Stiftung DKLB, Berlin, 1994
  • On DisplayYes

In their “Pandemonic Manifesto” at the beginning of the 1960s, Eugen Schönebeck and Georg Baselitz declared ugliness, obscenity and blasphemy to be the central themes of a new kind of figurative painting. Schönebeck’s creatures do, indeed, resemble visions from a pandemonic dream landscape. In this depiction of the crucifixion, Schönebeck presents the body as a mirror of the tormented soul. This man being crucified symbolises existential human despair. A jellyfish lies alongside him. Its scientific name – “medusa” – is a reference to Greek myth: Medusa was a terrifying winged being with snakes instead of hair. Anyone who looked at her was turned to stone.