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    Neo Rauch: Die Fuge

The future bleeds into the past in the stunning paintings of Neo Rauch

Posted by James Cartwright,

German painter Neo Rauch exists in a world of idealised perfection and new world hope. In the vein of the Social Realists or Second World War propaganda posters the figures he paints are totemic figures of sinewy perfection wielding industrial tools, striving collectively for a better future. But there are more sinister elements at play too. The other side of Rauch’s world includes depravity of Hogarthian proportions; ungainly characters swaying uncomfortably and indulging in base desires – all from ambiguous historical origins.

Rauch’s potency exists in his ability to blur these two worlds both visually and conceptually; there’s no fixed perspective in his paintings, scenes and characters bleed seamlessly into one another with dreamlike fluidity and his contradictory themes combine into large-scale surrealist narratives.

Rauch is already a well-established name in the art world – he’s even got his own monograph with Taschen, but we only discovered him the other week at the kind recommendation of Jan Van Der Veken.

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    Neo Rauch: Leporello

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    Neo Rauch: Kühlraum

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    Neo Rauch: Die Nächste Zug

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    Neo Rauch: Die Stickerin

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    Neo Rauch: Die Aufnahme

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    Neo Rauch: Alte Verbindungen

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.