Hardback144 PagesSize: 280 × 240 mm
107 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222939Publication: June 03, 2019
Series: Contemporary Painters Series

'The poet's sensibility to rhythm and line that has made Michael Glover one of Britain's best art critics serves him to perfection when it comes to this closely observed monograph of Neo Rauch. Worlds beyond mere description or arid analysis, the author shifts between conversation, poetry and prose in a rhythmic counterpoint of insight, elucidation and careful observation. Never overshadowing the book's subject, he invites the reader to an elegant choreography of two minds in creative motion, the poet and the artist, moving in tandem, in search of a common understanding. Questioning, curious and provocative, this text gives us fresh ways to read - and see - the artist's work'
James Bradburne   Director, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

"This monograph provides a thorough examination of the paintings of an artist whose work has been informed by many and varied influences and whose artworks can be found across major museums across the globe." – Scene Point Blank


Neo Rauch

Michael Glover



  • Provides a close examination  of the paintings of world-renowned and revered artist Neo Rauch 
  • Considers Rauch’s many and varied influences and the response of his work to that of Leipzig School forebears such as Max Klinger, Bernard Heisig and Rauch's teacher Arno Rink
  • Neo Rauch’s works are held in the collections of major museums worldwide, including the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


This comprehensive monograph offers a detailed examination of the paintings of the acclaimed German painter Neo Rauch (b.1960).

Rauch’s paintings deftly blend the iconography of Socialist Realism from his upbringing and art-school training in GDR-era Leipzig with the stylistic mannerisms of the Baroque and Romantic past, conjuring heavily populated sites of great commotion and complexity, remarkably without recourse to preliminary drawing. His compositions and their enigmatic figures are rich with reference and allusion, but the stories they tell are indistinct and somehow out of time. They have an ancient modernity – or the freshness of renewed antiquity.

Michael Glover discloses Rauch’s working methods, revealing how the artist approaches the making of his work, how his images come into being, and the importance of words and their etymology to the creation or disruption of an artwork. These are works that interrogate the very meaning of the artistic impulse; ruminations in the guise of history painting that in fact question what a painter could and should be creating at this particular historical moment.

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