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Arnulf Rainer Biography

His committed search for new approaches of painting and his constant development of painterly strategies, accompanied by performative works and extensive writing, has led Arnulf Rainer to become one of the most influential living artists.

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In the 70’s he starts to take photographs of himself. Creating a link between the theatrical and the graphic as a media of expression he gets closer to Viennese Actionism and exploring body language through performance he expands his practice to video, and starts using the hands to extend the painting.

Interested in the automatism he based his expressivity in the act of hiding existing images getting closer to abstraction, and to the total concealment of forms. Always emphasizing the human act of painting and the body language that painting involves, Rainer praises the first forms of human expression, and even the format of some canvases exceeds the conventional limits.

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P05. Serie Christusköpfe by Arnulf Rainer contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Arnulf Rainer P05. Serie Christusköpfe, 1979-80 Indian ink on paper
27 x 215 cm
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Landschaft by Arnulf Rainer contemporary artwork painting
Arnulf Rainer Landschaft, 1991-92 Oil on paper and cardboard on board
73 x 102 cm
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P20. GOYA serie by Arnulf Rainer contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print, mixed media
Arnulf Rainer P20. GOYA serie, 1983 Mixed media on photography
24 x 17 cm
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Schwarm by Arnulf Rainer contemporary artwork print
Arnulf Rainer Schwarm, 1991-2023 Etching
53 x 65 cm
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Knicke by Arnulf Rainer contemporary artwork print
Arnulf Rainer Knicke, 1989-2023 Etching
53 x 65 cm
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Mähne by Arnulf Rainer contemporary artwork print
Arnulf Rainer Mähne, 1988-2023 Etching
65 x 53 cm
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Als Kariatyde by Arnulf Rainer contemporary artwork print
Arnulf Rainer Als Kariatyde, 1974–2022 Etching
70 x 53 cm
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Schwarze Strahlen by Arnulf Rainer contemporary artwork works on paper
Arnulf Rainer Schwarze Strahlen, 2000 Heliogravure, Vernis Mou
53 x 61 cm
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