10 Facts about Anselm Kiefer

Friday, February 27th 2015. | Arts

Find out the notable sculptor and painter from Germany in Facts about Anselm Kiefer. This man was born on 8 March 1945. In 1970s, he studied with Peter Dreher and Joseph Beuys. His works are very unique for you see him using various materials such as lead, ash, clay, shellac and straw. Here are other facts about Anselm Kiefer for you:

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 1: the inspiration

Kiefer gets the inspiration to develop his works from the poems by Paul Celan, the spiritual concept of Kabbalah, the horror of Holocaust and the German history.

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 2: the body of his works

The body of his works shows the representation of the controversial issues, taboo and the past. Get facts about Angie Lewin here.

Anselm Kiefer Art

Anselm Kiefer Art

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 3: the famous painting

One of Kiefer‘s famous paintings is “Margarethe”. It was made of oil and straw in canvas.  This painting reflected the rule of Nazi. He got the inspiration from the famous poem of Paul Celan with the title, Todesfuge. In English, it means Death Fugue.

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 4: New Symbolism

Most of the works by Kiefer were associated with New Symbolism because he wanted to the process the past in his art. You can find the name of the famous people in the history, signatures of the famous people and the legendary figures in his works.

Anselm Kiefer Colors

Anselm Kiefer Colors

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 5: place of living

Since 1991, Kiefer has lived and worked in France. He moved to Paris in 2008. Since then, he lives and works in city and in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal.

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 6: place and date of birth

Kiefer was born on 8 March 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany. He was a son of an art teacher.

Anselm Kiefer Painting

Anselm Kiefer Painting

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 7: education

He went to grammar school in Rastatt after moving to Ottersdorf in 1951. He decided to choose art academies in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, and Düsseldorf rather than studying law and Romance languages at University of Freiburg.

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 8: Peter Dreher

Peter Dreher was a figurative and realist painter. When Kiefer was in Karlsruhe, he studied under this famous painter.

Anselm Kiefer Pic

Anselm Kiefer Pic

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 9: the early career

His early career was as a photographer with performance. You can see his photographs with the Nazi salute in different place like Italy, Switzerland, and France.

Facts about Anselm Kiefer 10: the awards

There are many awards that Kiefer has. Some of them are 2011 Leo-Baeck-Medal, 2011 Berliner Bär, 2008 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and 1999 Praemium Imperiale.

Facts about Anselm Kiefer

Facts about Anselm Kiefer

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