Inspiration: Neo Rauch

 

Had the opportunity to catch this retrospective of Neo Rauch in Baden Baden recently; one of the benefits of living in Germany.

The 40 works unfolded on three floors from his earliest works (top floor) to his most recent (main level), including his first bronze sculpture created this year. The paintings did not disappoint; I have been taken with his use of color and virtousity with paint more than the subject matter.  But viewing the compositions at the original scale allowed me to engage them in a fresh way and read narratives into certain pieces.  They remind me of Russian constructivist art and GDR era propaganda.