George Baselitz was born to a school-teacher couple as Hans-Georg Kern in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony on January 23, 1938. He started calling himself after his hometown at the age of 18 in 1956. He was educated at Volksschule and Gymnasium, Kamenz until 1955. He studied art at the Kunstakademie, East Berlin 1956-57, under Hans Trier, Akademie der Kunste, West Berlin from 1957 to 1964. He was married in 1962 and has two sons, Daniel and Anton. His wife, Elke, has been his most enduring model for over thirty years.
It was at the East Berlin Academy of Fine Arts (Kunstakademie) that Baselitz began thinking independently. He recounts that he started seeing through the propaganda behind the building of
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