|EASTER BUNNY NUMBER 555|
The man in this marvelous painting by George Baselitz which I recently saw for the first time at the Essl Museum of Contemporary Art near Vienna was born on an Easter Saturday. He became a political leader who quickly realized that people liked to worship symbols. He took the golden cross of the sun, such as the one I saw painted on the side of a sky blue box in the tent of a Tibetan nomad on my TV yesterday evening, and being a mediocre art student in his youth, he repainted the cross of the sun as black as night and replaced the sky blue background of summer with his own blood-red and lily-white striped background. It wasn't long before thousands of his followers were wearing the black crosses on their armbands and obeying his every satanic whim. Number 555, in case you are wondering, is the man's official NSDAP membership card number. I would recommend anyone visiting Vienna to take advantage of the free bus which runs to the Essl Museum for there is always something of more than passing interest to see. The museum's cafe does good food too!
ps - the picture titles are mine (this post and a post above it). I hope Professor Baselitz doesn't mind. It was Renee´ Magritte who said: Paintings should have poetic titles.