A contemporary of Georg Baselitz and Jorg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz (b. 1941) debuted his artistic research in the context of American Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, which he then distanced himself from to define his own from of expressionism.
His very large format canvases from the late 1960s show a new approach to painting and the artist working with simplification of form and magnification of detail. From the year 1980, he integrates figures from mythology, ancient themes and draws on the iconography of old masters (Poussin, Goya, Courbet…). Particularly influential among the younger generation of painters and sculptors, the artist has never had as large a scale exhibition as the one at Musée d’art modern de la Ville de Paris.