Jörg Immendorf was one of Germany’s most influential post-war modern artists.
He studied under Josef Beuys, arguably THE most influential post-war modern artist.
Beuys would come into the classroom and go from painting to painting: “Crap-Good-Crap-Crap-Crap-Good-Crap-Crap-Crap-Good”
Young Jorg’s painting was among the many “crap” examples and he was SOOOO pissed off that he slashed a cross over the finished work with his paintbrush and scrawled
“Hört auf zu malen” (“Quit painting”)
over the top.
Beuys turns up later, sees the picture and says “Classy stuff”….
Start of a career.