The artist cited in Exhibition Catalogue, Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum, Neo Rauch: Neue Rollen, Paintings 1993 – 2006, 2007, p. 70
Born in Leibzig in 1960, Rauch’s formative years and artistic education were shaped by the social and political doctrines of the German Democratic Republic. With their subtly atmospheric pictorial language, his works invoke nostalgia for a vanished idyll of social unity, whilst exuding an overarching disillusion and apprehension towards the ineffectuality of both the Communist history of his past and the cultural ambitions of the Capitalist future.
Bürger alludes to this sentimental image both in its title and subject. Offering a glimpse into an outdated rural German town, the painting references past traditions with emotive resonance. The opalescent green hue of the flag and coat of the prominent male figure stands in bright contrast to the chalky colour scheme of the rest of the composition, its immediate prominence alluding to the visual imagery of wartime propaganda. Thematising the notion of citizenship within the borders of a reunified nation, Rauch addresses the universal question of identity, delicately delineating the manifold biography of his nation. His distinctive finesse and intrinsic sense of colour in creating a significant resuscitation of figurative painting is beautifully exemplified in Bürger. It presents the viewer with a unique historical quotation, full of sensitive detail and ironical verisimilitude.
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