Waiting for the Barbarians by Neo Rauch

Waiting for the Barbarians by Neo Rauch

Waiting for the Barbarians
2007
Magic Realism
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

A scene populated by figures in chaotic motion, and in vibrant carnivalesque colours ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ takes its name from a poem by Constantine P. Cavafy. There is an essence of the military influence Rauch experienced growing up in a divided Germany. The panoramic view encourages viewers to read the composition as a narrative of an unfolding drama, from one end to the other.

Neo Rauch

Neo Rauch
Magic Realism
Born: 18 April 1960, Leipzig. Germany
Nationality: German

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

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