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4 Muses

4 Muses
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permission letter signed by Michael Werner Gallery, 7/7/2008, returned to Pat Woods

4 Muses

Date: 1980

Artist: Jörg Immendorff, German, 1945–2007

Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
122 1/8 x 98 1/2 in. (310.2 x 250.2 cm)
framed: 123 1/4 x 99 1/4 in. (313.1 x 252.1 cm)
Credit Line: Funds given by The Jordan Charitable Foundation
Object Number: 5:2003
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location: Not on view
Notes:In this large painting, Jörg Immendorff presents an enormous, fantastical art studio shared by four of the most influential German artists of the 1970s and 80s. The men represented are both friends and rivals: Immendorff himself, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, and A.R. Penck. The scene includes numerous references to the four artists’ works, personalities, and political beliefs. For example, Baselitz’s table is supported by his characteristic upside-down figures, while Lüpertz, well-known for his self-confidence, places a crown on his own head.
Provenanceby 1981 - 2003
Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY, USA; Cologne, Germany [1]

2003 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from the Michael Werner Gallery [2]


Notes:
The main source for the provenance is a letter from the Michael Werner Gallery dated May 24, 2002 [SLAM document files].

[1] According to a 1981 exhibition catalogue, "4 Muses" was owned by Michael Werner Gallery, Cologne, Germany ["Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz, A. R. Penck: Hunden tillstöter under veckans lopp." Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 1981, p. 125].

[2] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 4, 2003; and the Minutes of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 10, 2003.
Exhibition History
Title: Jörg Immendorff – Malerwald
Date: April 18 – September 30, 1999
Venue: Museum Küppermühle - Sammlung Grothe

Title: Postwar German Art in the Collection
Date: May 01, 2013 - January 26, 2014
Venue: SLAM

Title: Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz, A. R. Penck: Hunden tillstöter under veckans lopp
Date: February 14 – March 29, 1981
Venue: Moderna Museet

Title: German Art Now
Date: October 18, 2003 - November 11, 2004
Venue: SLAM

Title: Jörg Immendorff: Malermut rundum
Date: August 15, 1980 – September 21, 1980
Venue: Kunsthalle Bern

Title: German Art Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht: Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum
Date: September 14 - November 14, 2004
Venue: Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt

Title: Jörg Immendorff: Pinselwiderstand
Date: April – May 1981
Venue: Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum

Title: Immendorff (1983)
Date: November 19, 1983 – January 22, 1984
Venue: Kunsthaus Zürich

Title: Schilderkunst in Duitsland 1981
Date: May 27 – July 12, 1981
Venue: Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

Publication History
Title: Immendorff
Year Published: 1983

Title: documenta 7
Year Published: 1982

Title: Jörg Immendorff: Malermut rundum
Year Published: 1980

Title: German Art Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht: Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum
Year Published: 2004

Title: German Art Now
Year Published: 2003

Title: Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz, A. R. Penck: Hunden tillstöter under veckans lopp
Year Published: 1981

Title: Jörg Immendorff – Malerwald
Year Published: 1999

Title: Schilderkunst in Duitsland 1981
Year Published: 1981

In Collection(s)
© Estate of Jörg Immendorff / Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and Berlin