>UNCUT: It is often said that the album sleeve was an allusion to Gramatte's self-portrait or to Heckel's Roquairol - is either of these correct? And did the Heckel painting also inspire Iggy's The Idiot cover? >DB: Heckel's Roquairol and also his print from 1910 or thereabouts called Young Man was a major influence on me as a painter. I personally couldn't stand Gramatte. He was wishy washy in my opinion. I have seen the Gramatte in question but no, it was Heckel. http://www.bowiegoldenyears.com/heroes.html
Those guys who say that it was inspired by that panting of Erich Heckel are actually right.
Bowie was a huge fan of the art of the 1920s' expressionists and especially from the german art collcetive Die Brücke. He studied those painting a lot during his time in Berlin. They not only inspired him in a general way but also specifically for photo series and own drawings (pic related).
There was a whole section about that and many Bowie paintings in the Bowie exhibition I visited last year in Berlin.
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