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Neo-expressionism is a style of late-modernist or early-postmodern painting and sculpture that emerged in the late 1970s. Neo-expressionists were sometimes called Neue Wilden ('The new wild ones'; 'New Fauves' would better meet the meaning of the term). It is characterized by intense subjectivity and rough handling of materials.


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Neo-expressionism developed as a reaction against conceptual art and minimal art of the 1970s. Neo-expressionists returned to portraying recognizable objects, such as the human body, (although sometimes in an abstract manner), in a rough and violently emotional way, often using vivid colors. It was overtly inspired by German Expressionist painters, such as Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, James Ensor and Edvard Munch. It is also related to American Lyrical Abstraction painting of the 1960s and 1970s, The Hairy Who movement in Chicago, the Bay Area Figurative School of the 1950s and 1960s, the continuation of Abstract Expressionism, New Image Painting and precedents in Pop Painting.

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Critical reception

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Neo-expressionism dominated the art market until the mid-1980s. The style emerged internationally and was viewed by many critics, such as Achille Bonito Oliva and Donald Kuspit, as a revival of traditional themes of self-expression in European art after decades of American dominance. The social and economic value of the movement was hotly debated.

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Critics such as Benjamin Buchloh, Hal Foster, Craig Owens, and Mira Schor were highly critical of its relation to the marketability of painting on the rapidly expanding art market, celebrity, the backlash against feminism, anti-intellectualism, and a return to mythic subjects and individualist methods they deemed outmoded. Women were notoriously marginalized in the movement, and painters such as Elizabeth Murray and Maria Lassnig were omitted from many of its key exhibitions, most notoriously the 1981 "New Spirit in Painting" exhibition in London which included 38 male painters but no female painters.


  • Georg Baselitz
  • Anselm Kiefer
  • Jörg Immendorff
  • Per Kirkeby (born Denmark, active Germany)
  • A.R. Penck
  • Markus Lüpertz
  • Peter Robert Keil
  • Rainer Fetting
  • Salomé
  • Elvira Bach
  • Peter Angermann
  • United States

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  • Ida Applebroog
  • Leonard Baskin
  • Philip Guston
  • Michael Hafftka
  • Ouattara Watts
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Joe Boudreau
  • Chuck Connelly
  • Norris Embry
  • Marcus Jansen
  • Eric Fischl
  • Leon Golub
  • Nabil Kanso
  • Noel Rockmore
  • David Salle
  • Julian Schnabel
  • Sammy thrashLife
  • Elizabeth Murray
  • Robert Colescott
  • Kevin Larmee
  • Austria

  • Maria Lassnig
  • France

  • Rémi Blanchard
  • François Boisrond
  • Robert Combas
  • Hervé Di Rosa
  • Poland

  • Ludwik Konarzewski-junior
  • Wilhelm Sasnal
  • India

  • Bhupen Khakhar
  • Ebenezer Sunder Singh
  • Italy

  • Francesco Clemente
  • Sandro Chia
  • Enzo Cucchi
  • Mimmo Paladino
  • United Kingdom

  • David Hockney
  • Frank Auerbach
  • Peter Howson
  • Leon Kossoff
  • Christopher Le Brun
  • Iraq

  • Ahmed Al Safi
  • South Africa

  • Marlene Dumas
  • Spain

  • Miquel Barceló
  • Antonio Peris carbonell
  • Jorge Rando
  • Venezuela

  • Pedro Sandoval
  • Brazil

  • Rodrigo Franzão
  • Mexico

  • Julio Galán
  • Cuba

  • Pablo Carreno
  • Australia

  • Davida Allen
  • Peter Booth
  • Kevin Connor
  • Brett Whiteley
  • Sweden

  • Daniel Jouseff

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