Neo Rauch, ‘Form’, 1999, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"At a certain point in its existence the image itself makes existential claims to its creator. It wants to be supplied with everything it needs in order to be. These are, of course, elemental aspects that find their reflection in the viewer’s sense of balance. Therefore, the painting cannot really go astray, but its creator can, if he or she is unable to comply with the demands of the work." —Neo Rauch

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 99

David Zwirner Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Neo Rauch

Neo Rauch’s painted figures—rendered in a contrasting color palette of bright, acidic colors and dark, ominous hues—populate an alternate universe where the environment is unpredictable and anxiety prevails. With a style that evokes the works of Old Masters as well as Surrealist artists such as Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte (although Rauch hesitates to align himself with Surrealism), Rauch portrays scenes of labor and activity in which the scale of figures does not always match up nor do the eras their respective clothes suggest. Inspired by the memory of his youth in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the affectless faces of the men, women, and children in Rauch’s off-kilter landscapes depict a Cold War sense of imminent danger.

German, b. 1960, Leipzig, Germany, based in Leipzig, Germany

Solo Shows

Group Shows

Exhibition hall Arsenals, 
Riga, Latvia,
German Art Since The Late 1960s
Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren