Markus Lüpertz

  • , Herkules Entwurfsmodell 3 – Büste, 2009
    Painted bronze
    28 x 32 x 20 cm
    11 x 12 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches
    Ed 1/6
  • , Herkules Entwurfsmodell 4, 2009
    Painted bronze
    87 x 20 x 25 cm
    34 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches
    Ed 1/6
  • , Herkules Entwurfsmodell 11, 2009
    Painted bronze
    189 x 68 x 40 cm
    74 3/8 x 26 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
    Ed 1/6
  • , Herkules Entwurfsmodell 21, 2009
    Painted bronze
    76 x 22 x 27 cm
    29 7/8 x 8 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches
    Ed 4/6
  • , Herkules Entwurfsmodell 25, 2009
    Painted bronze
    100 x 31 x 26 cm
    39 3/8 x 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
  • , Herkules Entwurfsmodell 27, 2010
    Painted bronze
    58 x 50 x 45 cm
    22 7/8 x 19 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
  • , Gelber Baum, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame
    81 x 100 cm
    31 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches
  • , Vogelscheuche, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame
    81 x 100 cm
    31 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches
  • , Baum und Schädel, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame
    81 x 100 cm
    31 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches
  • , Hades, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame
    81 x 100 cm
    31 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches
  • , Der Abend, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame
    200 x 162 cm
    78 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches
  • , Minotaurus, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame
    200 x 162 cm
    78 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches
  • , Argonauten – Pollux, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame
    200 x 162 cm
    78 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches
  • , Argonauten – Argos, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame
    200 x 162 cm
    78 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches
  • , Arkadien – Begegnung, 2013
    Mixed media on canvas in artist´s frame
    144 x 202 cm
    56 3/4 x 79 1/2 inches
  • , Arkadien – Unterwelt, 2013
    Mixed media on canvas in artist´s frame
    130 x 162 cm
    51 1/8 x 63 3/4 inches
  • , Arkadien - Der Krieg des Amors, 2013
    Mixed media on canvas in artist´s frame
    172 x 283 cm
    67 3/4 x 111 3/8 inches
  • , Arkadien – Erwartung, 2013
    Mixed media on canvas in artist´s frame
    130 x 162 cm
    51 1/8 x 63 3/4 inches
  • , Arkadien - Grüner See, 2013
    Mixed media on canvas in artist´s frame
    130 x 162 cm
    51 1/8 x 63 3/4 inches
  • , Arkadien - Gelbe Birke, 2013
    Mixed media on canvas in artist´s frame
    175 x 113 cm
    68 7/8 x 44 1/2 inches
  • , Arkadien - Der Reigen, 2013
    Mixed media on canvas in artist´s frame
    162 x 200 cm
    63 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches
  • , Das Gerücht, 1982
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 200 cm
    78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches
  • , MA - dithyrambisch I, 1976
    Distemper on canvas
    240 x 168 cm
    94 1/2 x 66 1/8 inches
  • , Othello – dithyrambisch, 1976
    Mixed media on parchement paper on canvas
    240 x 168 cm
    94 1/2 x 66 1/8 inches
  • , Babylon-dithyrambisch VI, 1975
    Distemper on canvas
    159,5 x 127 cm
    62 3/4 x 50 inches
  • , Interieur II, 1974
    Distemper on canvas
    195 x 257 cm
    76 3/4 x 101 1/8 inches
  • , Hades, 2014
    Mixed media on canvas, in artist's frame
    81 x 100 cm
    31 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches

Born in Liberec (formerly Reichenberg), Bohemia, in 1941, the artist fled as a child with his family to West Germany’s Rhineland. As a teenager, he attended the School of Applied Arts in Krefeld. A truncated period at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and a short spell in Paris introduced him to art history’s methods and masterpieces, but it was only on moving to West Berlin in 1962 that he found an artistic community in which he would flourish – Georg Baselitz, A.R. Penck, and Jörg Immendorff among them – and quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with in German post-war art. 

Less mentioned, yet equally grand is the production of Markus Lüpertz, who has been active in the fields of painting, sculpture, poetry, editing, education and piano playing for over fifty years. Lüpertz’s solution, and his first major contribution to contemporary art, was the ‘dithyramb’. Inspired by the fabled ecstatic chants of Dionysian revellers, he embarked on a series of paintings in which he worked obsessively over shapes and forms. Over the decades, Lüpertz has painted motifs culled from sources as diverse as fashion advertising, Romantic landscapes, and cubist still life’s. If horrors are portrayed as images in the graphic compositions of other series such as War and German Motifs (1970 – 1976), the artist finds a way of evoking them even in his most abstract works. He’s created bodies of work devoted to specific classical heroes, and a series of Arcadias (2001), which pulls them together in verdant settings.


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