Over the past 40 years Polke created complex works that have helped define the art of the time. In the 1960s he created a new and unique vision of German art, which during the postwar years had been largely derivative of gestural abstraction. During this time Polke began making his ‘dot’ paintings, manually executed parodies of the Benday dot screens used by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
|1968 Don Quixote|
|1965 Liebespaar II|
The anarchistic element of the work Polke developed was largely engendered by his mercurial approach. His irreverence for traditional painting techniques and materials and his lack of allegiance to any one mode of representation has established his now-respected reputation as a visual revolutionary.
Sigmar Polke died in 2010 in Cologne. There will be further examples of Polke's work in the next post.
|1964 Two Palm trees|
|1966 Woman at the Mirror|
|1968 Heron Painting II|
|1971-73 Zwei Kopfe|
|1973 Original + Fälschung|
|1976 Kandinsdingsda (Wir Kleinbürger)|
|1982 Hannibal with his Armoured Elephants|
|1982 Magnetic Landscape|
|1982 This is how you Sit Correctly (After Goya)|
|1983 Lingua tertii Imperii|