Oil on canvas
Sotheby’s, New York, USA
In a gesture of sacrifice, a parochial couple appears to be offering a struggling satyr. ‘The Offering’ is set in a forest with a strange factory building nearby, in the background, another couple is wrestling with the jaws of a cauldron creature. Rauch’s intent to suggest that the images do not represent a clear narrative but a series of unconscious imaginings in nonsensical cohesion allows the viewer to feel what they see rather than over-think an understanding.
Born: 18 April 1960, Leipzig. Germany
Rauch is an artist whose paintings are inspired by the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation. Reflecting the influences of socialist realism his work owes much to the Surrealists Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte. Rauch lives in Markkleeberg, Germany, and is the principal artist of the New Leipzig School