Neo Expressionism Art

history of the movement

The biggest topic of discussion is the origin of the movement, which has wavered between the 1960s and 1970s. Neo-Expressionism is widely believed to have been a natural extension of the German Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism movements.

types of subjects

The kind of artworks that were created during the Neo-Expressionism movement generally depicted subjects in a very raw and crude manner.

spread of neo expressionism

The major regions where Neo-Expressionism spread to were Germany, Italy, France, and the United States.

appropriate definition

The movement has been described as one that focused on the revitalization of painting through the use of strong colors, as well as objects and symbols that were borrowed from other significant art movements.

key characteristics

What was said to characterize the artworks of Neo-Expressionism was the almost instantaneous return to painting as a primary and natural form of artistry.

some famous artists and their artworks

Georg Baselitz  (1938 – Present) Adieu (1982)

Jörg Immendorff  (1945 – 2007) Café Deutschland I (1977 – 1978)

Eric Fischl  (1948 – Present) Bad Boy (1981)

Francesco Clemente  (1952 – Present) Scissors and Butterflies (1999)


After dominating the European and American art markets from the late 1970s until the mid-1980s, Neo-Expressionism declined. While a few of the movement’s leading artists are still included in some exhibitions today, the majority of Neo-Expressionism painters have been largely forgotten about.