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Rosa Loy

Associated with the New School of Leipzig, the painting of Rosa Loy (b. 1958, Zwickau) has its roots in the figurative artistic tradition of the Saxon town that originates from Max Klinger’s (b. 1857, Leipzig – d. 1920, Großjena) symbolism and Max Beckmann (b. 1884, Leipzig – d. 1950,New York), to the works of Bernhard Heisig (b. 1925, Breslau – d. 2011, Strodehne) and Wolfgang Tübke (b. 1929, Schönebeck – d. 2004,Leipzig), representatives of the School of Leipzig during the communist era. Employing a traditional technique of painting with the water-soluble medium, casein, Loy’s paintings are enigmatically poised between Magic Realism and Surrealism that defy any obvious, single interpretation. Female couples, sisters, doubles and clones – often depicted in dreamlike settings – are recurrent subjects. Die Schule, is typical of her deft play with symbols, composed from disparate elements of a puzzle, with wich the viewer is invited to complete the picture.


  1. Rosa Loy Die Schule, 2001

    Caséine sur toile
    134,5 x 125 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2022 – American Friends of Mudam, Collection Raymond J. Learsy
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

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