Selbstbildnis. 1987. Oil on fibreboard. Lower right signed and dated. 80 x 60 cm (31.4 x 23.6 in). [CH].
• Impasto self-portrait from the artist's days at the Leipzig art school where he was master student of Bernhard Heisig as of 1986. • The group show "Junge Künstler im Bezirk Leipzig" marked the beginning of his exhibition history in 1986. • Neo Rauch describes his early creative period as his "first sort of succssful self-circumnavigation" (interview with Andreas Höll, September 25, 2020, MDR Kultur). • Works by artists are in many renowned international collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, and the Stedelijk Museums, Amsterdam.
PROVENANCE: Galerie am Thomaskirchhof, Leipzig. Private collection Bavaria (acquired from above in 1989). Private collection (acquired from above in 2006).
LITERATURE: Ketterer Kunst, Munich, 306th auction, Modern Art and Post War, December 5, 2006, lot 361 (with color illu.). "[.] I myself was a heavy epigone several times, God knows. I had a Werner Libuda period, was quite close to Heisig and Bacon, I also tried to walk alongside the early Baselitz. An essential part of the early years of a painter is to slip into other people's work gloves. I just wanted to try everything. " Neo Rauch in an interview with the MDR magazine "Figaro", October 13, 2005