Siegfried Anzinger

mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

Siegfried Anzinger has typically been grouped among the neo-Expressionists, but his recent retrospective suggested that he is as much an impressionist as an expressionist—that is, he seems as preoccupied with the conditions of light and atmosphere that inform the perception of an object as with his own subjective interpretation of it. Many of his ’90s paintings are in fact plein-aire pastoral scenes, implying a deliberately lyrical move away from the claustrophobic interiors of his epically anguished ’80s canvases. The works in the retrospective can be grouped according to the figures and objects they thematize, including human faces and bodies, animals, and carts. Despite his newfound lyricism, Anzinger is a master of the quick study that turns into a monumental image: a flash of gestures and drips will suddenly become a memorable rendering of a familiar reality, fraught with existential,

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