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The Resurgence of New European Painting: Shaping the Artistic Dialogue of the Late 20th Century

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In the late 20th century, a transformative wave swept through the European art scene, giving rise to what is now recognized as New European Painting. This period, burgeoning in the 1980s and reaching a zenith in the 1990s, marked a significant turning point where art became a reflective dialogue between the historical and the contemporary, the abstract and the figurative. This post explores the evolution, major influences, and the distinctive themes of New European Painting, focusing on how it continues to resonate within the broader art world. Luc Tuymans - Parachutists Genesis and Evolution New European Painting emerged as a powerful response to the prevailing art movements of the time. Artists like Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, and Bracha L. Ettinger pioneered this movement. They pushed the boundaries of traditional painting by incorporating elements from American abstraction and figuration, thereby establishing a new vocabulary for visual art. Their