Markus Lüpertz Biography

Germany (1941)

Established German artist Markus Lupertz is currently one of the most prestigious artists of the German new expressionist and primative painting style. In the 19 60's he developed a style he termed "dithyrambic painting," an expressive, figurative approach that stood in stark contrast to the abstract tendencies of the day. In the 70's his compositions began to take on the character of still lifes, being based on objects such as soldiers' helmets, snail shells, coats, and painter's palettes. These motifs called up manifold associations from the history of art and ideas, as well as containing direct political references.

He attended the School of Applied Arts in Krefeld and the State Art Academy in Duesseldorf from 1956 to 1961. In 1976 he became professor at the State Academy of Visual Arts in Karlsruhe, and in 1986 was named director of the Duesseldorf Academy.

SELECTED MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao - Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts - Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Alemania