Anselm Kiefer is a German painter born in 1945 and belongs to a group of artists who although did not personally experience World War 2, were profoundly affected by its aftermath. In his early work, the themes in Kiefer’s paintings revolved around myth and history, incorporating the Nazi ruling over Germany as his main historical theme (Tate, 2014). Kiefer’s debut piece largely referenced this. In this performance piece he is dressed in his father’s war uniform, making the iconic Nazi salute (Heroische Sinnbilder Fig.1). Kiefer is most famous for the works that reference this period of time. In fact, he has done little work on other subject matter during his time as an artist. This is due to the fact he believes the topic of Auschwitz is far too complex to be covered artistically in one lifetime. He …show more content…
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