Markus Lüpertz is known for his expressive paintings and sculptures. Which often combine abstraction and representation. His career developed in the early 1960s and for 22 years he was head of the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, one of Germany’s most renowned art schools. . In his work, Lüpertz combines references to popular culture, biblical and mythological themes and protagonists, as well as to the history and culture of his country, including the Nazi era. His series of paintings of military helmets and other wartime symbols sparked controversy in the 1970s, initiating a strained relationship between him and the public. “You cannot understand the artist in his day, you can only love him or hate him,” Lüpertz said.
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