- verso signed and dated: "Brandl 84"
- oil on canvas
- 59×59 in
Herbert Brandl is one of the main figures in contemporary Austrian painting. Born in Graz in 1959, the artist studied from 1978 to 1983 at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and has held a chair at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art since 2004. In 2007, Brandl represented Austria at the 52nd Venice Biennale. In the 1980s, he was among the “New Fauves” – a generation of young Austrian and German artists who took painting to new dimensions. Together with greats such as Gunter Damisch, Hubert Scheibl and others, Brandl forged a neo-expressionistic, abstract style characterized by a dynamic, mostly impasto application of color. Herbert Brandl’s works from this formative creative period are rare and are sought after by collectors. His early oil paintings differ from his later works with their increased threedimensionality. They are powerful because they are original, full of movement and emit the unrestrained yet controlled energy of the young artist.