Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy II: Operation Sea Lion

20141017 Anselm Keiffer at the RA (1)

This was how I reacted to Kiefer’s painting that reflected on the sea landing and invasion of the British Isles, planned for 1941 but never executed.

The serried ranks of forward facing, hopeful faces like rows of houses in the city, surtopped by the high cranes of the three chairs against the deep blue sky.  The tin ships battle in the bath but behind, on the horizon, the city burns.

The sketch was made in a couple of minutes facing the painting and finished from memory on the train home.  It is not intended to represent this monumental work (how could I do that?) but record my feelings and impressions in the moment.

 

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