Jörg Immendorff

Parade

1984
Jörg Immendorff was profoundly affected by the postwar condition of his home country, particularly the political and cultural rupture symbolized by the Berlin Wall. In his practice he developed a repertoire of symbols, including the imperial eagle, an ancient sign for divinity for some cultures and the adopted emblem of the postwar Federal Republic of Germany. In Parade, the eagle is depicted as both spectator and aggressor. Its large claw prints mark the path, or within Immendorff’s iconography, the “seam,” that symbolizes the East-West division. The eagles on each side could be understood to represent the ideologically divided German people.
Title
Parade
Date
1984
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
284.5 x 330.5 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Purchased 1984
Accession number
28626