Jörg Immendorff

Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum

Jörg Immendorff is a highly eclectic artist. In his latest works, the extended “Café Deutschland” series, he takes Guttoso’s Café Greco, a painting of the well-known café and former artists’ meeting place in Rome, as his starting point. Earlier he drew on the political agitation art of socialist countries and steered a dadaistic course through the Lebenskunst of Joseph Beuys, resulting in the Lidl work.

Two self-portaits clearly illustrate the development toward a freer abstraction, influenced by the Danish painter Per Kirkeby: the earlier one presents the artist passionately working on a larger-than-life portrait of a workman in agitprop style, and the more recent one is a picture of a meditative figure surrounded by Immendorff’s tool-of-trade expressionist touches, stripes, and sweeps. Within six years his work has undergone a rejuvenation and the older style has given way to an expressionist

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