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

15 May 2013

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.


Neo Rauch: Leporello


Neo Rauch: Kühlraum


Neo Rauch: Die Nächste Zug


Neo Rauch: Die Stickerin


Neo Rauch: Die Aufnahme


Neo Rauch: Alte Verbindungen

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James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and came back in summer of 2012 to work online and latterly as Print Editor, before leaving in May 2015.

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