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A.R. Penck’s artworks and editions show a tendency for abstraction from an early stage on and deal with mathematic, cybernetic, and mechanic principles. The stick men that have become iconic for his oeuvre are a radical decision for the abstraction of the figurative on the one hand, but also the analysis of historic societies and its structures on the other hand. The relationship between an individual and society are a recurring topic in A.R. Penck’s paintings, editions and artworks. Also his artist name represents his interest in historic and ethnological knowledge as it is inspired by the geologist and ice-age scholar Albrecht Penck. His strong brush style and the flatness of the colours additionally give his artworks a high recognition value that is appreciated internationally.

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