Museum Folkwang
Entscheidend Feindbild
  • Jörg Immendorff
  • Entscheidend Feindbild, 1982

  • Decisive Enemy
  • Oil on canvas
  • 200 x 150 cm
  • Acquired in 1982 with the support of the City of Essen
  • Inv. G 462
  • CommentaryFor Jörg Immendorff, art—and hence, also painting—was political.
    He had already used figurative painting, full of easily comprehensible symbols, to convey his ideas while studying at the Düsseldorf Academy under Joseph Beuys. He wanted anyone to be able to understand his art. Immendorff put topics to canvas, such as in ›Entscheidend Feindbild‹ (Decisive Enemy), that were being suppressed by contemporary society. Here, a monstrous scarecrow with a wooden leg and an eagle talon is standing on an ice floe formed like a broken star, with a tank serving as one of its two heads. The military monster is shrouded in a Wehrmacht
    overcoat. The painting was made in the context of a series of graphic works designed to more broadly disseminate the motif.
  • Provenance1982, Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf
    1982, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,333
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Entscheidend Feindbild
  • Obj_Title2_S: Decisive Enemy
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Entscheidend Feindbild Decisive Enemy Entscheidend Feindbild
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1982
  • Jahr von: 1,982
  • Jahr bis: 1,982
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 462
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0462
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 200 x 150 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1982 with the support of the City of Essen
  • Obj_PermanentLocation_S (Standort): Internal Exhibition: Sammlung 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, Neubau
  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
  • Obj_Condition2_S (Auflage):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © The Estate of Jörg Immendorff, Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Köln & New York
Commentary
Artists
Provenance

For Jörg Immendorff, art—and hence, also painting—was political.
He had already used figurative painting, full of easily comprehensible symbols, to convey his ideas while studying at the Düsseldorf Academy under Joseph Beuys. He wanted anyone to be able to understand his art. Immendorff put topics to canvas, such as in ›Entscheidend Feindbild‹ (Decisive Enemy), that were being suppressed by contemporary society. Here, a monstrous scarecrow with a wooden leg and an eagle talon is standing on an ice floe formed like a broken star, with a tank serving as one of its two heads. The military monster is shrouded in a Wehrmacht
overcoat. The painting was made in the context of a series of graphic works designed to more broadly disseminate the motif.