Sigmar Polke, German, 1941 - 2010
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In the late 1980s German artist Sigmar Polke used his paintings to explore the nature of pigments, dyes, and chemicals. Through the application of many layers of resin and lacquer he created the mysterious, translucent surface of this painting. His interest in the idea of flux is reflected in its title; ginkgo is a Chinese tree whose fan-shaped leaves turn golden yellow in autumn.