In a suggested room, against a hastily painted background, several objects are presented here as if on a stage. A grey figure with a hunched torso stands on a pedestal to the left, holding a sign. The grid in her face is reminiscent of scars. The head of a stringed instrument leans against the pedestal.On the right a furniture-like structure is shown, an athletic figure appears in it. It is surrounded by things that are difficult to define, above it one sees shoe soles, below it a collection of objects, including an overturned antique column. In the middle of the whole scene hangs a mask. It has similar scars to the figure on the left.
This depiction falls into several central phases in Lüpertz’s career as a painter. Since the 1970s, the artist has used so-called German motifs such as steel helmets, shovels or flags laid down in empty landscapes. Could the figure on the left be a scarred “German warrior” who, like the rubble around him, recalls the aftermath of the Second World War, while the only intact figure has shrunk to a small, nameless stencil of a warrior?