Rainer Fetting

Date/place of birth

1949 Wilhelmshaven

Rainer Fetting - Durchgang Südstern
Rainer Fetting - Durchgang Südstern

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Rainer Fetting biography

After an apprenticeship as a carpenter, Rainer Fetting studied at the Berlin College of Fine Arts from 1972 to 1978, under Hans Jaenisch. Together with Helmut Middendorf, Salomé, Bernd Zimmer and others, he founded the Artists’ Self-help Gallery on Moritzplatz. The ‘Junge Wilde (neo-Fauve)’ group of artists first became known in 1980, with its exhibition ‘Heftige Malerei (Vehement Painting)’ at Haus am Waldsee in Berlin.

Their course brushwork, bright colours and expressively figurative style reflected a European-wide trend of the early 1980s. Fetting’s recourse to Brücke Expressionism can also be seen in his favourite subjects – the human body and life in a big city. After the fall of the Berlin Wall he also started to paint landscapes of the area around Berlin. Many of his paintings feature Vincent van Gogh as a recurring figure of identification. In his large-format paintings, Fetting uses diluted emulsion, with dripping traces that symbolise the spontaneity of the act of painting. But Fetting also created a large number of sculptures, including bronze sculptures and assemblages of objets trouvés. Fetting became known to a wider audience through two exhibitions: “A New Spirit in Painting” at the Royal Academy of Art in London (1981) and “Zeitgeist” at the Gropius Bau in Berlin (1982). In addition, a major exhibition was dedicated to the artist by Kunsthalle Tübingen in 2010. Fetting lives in Berlin and New York.

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Rainer Fetting Prices

Rainer FettingDurchgang Südstern€49.980
Rainer FettingDer Soldat€47.600
Rainer FettingMann mit Axt III€44.030
Rainer FettingAbend am Teufelssee€41.650
Rainer FettingFigur in Brandung II€41.650
Rainer FettingWendeltreppe I€40.460

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