Find, Learn, Price Art
Enjoy the comprehensive art database we've compiled since 1987
Membership Details
Images, sales charts, bios, signatures, 30 artist Alerts and more ...
Art auction records:  Millions of references for pricing research
Or, register for Free Alerts
To track 10 artists.

Already a member?  Sign in here

Jorg Immendorff

 (1945 - 2007)
Jorg Immendorff was active/lived in Germany.  Jorg Immendorff is known for painting and sculpture-political themes, teaching.

Jorg Immendorff

Biography from the Archives of askART

A German artist known for painting and sculpture of World War II political themes and especially for his active and controversial promotion of non-traditional art, Jorg Immendorff was born in Bleckede, Germany and studied at the Dusseldorff Art Academy with Joseph Beuys.  As a student Immendorff was expelled because of his strong protest of academic art and participation in Neo-Dada performance art called Lidl.  However, this rejection only intensified his determination, and he became a life-long promoter of artists as social activists.

In the 1970s, he returned to canvas painting as a Neo Expressionist aligned with a group called Neue Wilde.  His signature work is a series known as Café Deutschland, which was "symbol laden cafe scenes that he began in 1978, which were populated historical and political figures."  In 1984, he opened his own cafe in Hamburg to give his artist contemporaries a place to gather and exhibit their work.

He did a portrait of Gerhard Schroder, center-leftist Chancellor of Germany whom he much admired, and in spring of 2007, gave the painting to the German chancellery.

From 1968 to 1980, Jorg Immendorf was a high-school art teacher in Dusseldorf, and in 1996, he became Professor of Art at the Duseldorff Art Academy, the institution that had earlier rejected him.

He died in the summer of 2007.

Editor, "International News", ARTnews, July 2007, p. 100

Biography from Auctionata
Jörg Immendorff was born in 1945 in Bleckede in Lower Saxony. He studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and at the beginning he created figurative paintings with socio-critical messages. Immendorff developed a new style of history paintings in Germany. In 1976 he took part at the Biennale in Venice. In the same year he formed a friendship with the German painter A. R. Penck, who at this time still lived in East Germany and was proscribed there. Jörg Immendorff is considered as one of the most important, contemporary German artists. He died in 2007 in Düsseldorf. (cko)

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at

Share an image of the Artist

  Full access to biographies is
  free each Friday

About  Jorg Immendorff

Born:  1945 - Bleckede, Germany
Died:   2007 - Dusseldorf, Germany
Known for:  painting and sculpture-political themes, teaching