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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The term New Leipzig School refers to a movement in modern German painting. The usage and origins of this term are debated.

The "old" Leipzig School was a term used by art journalists which had became established by some time no later than 1977, and the involvement of Werner Tübke, Wolfgang Mattheuer and Bernhard Heisig with documenta 6. The students of those artists, including Sighard Gille and Arno Rink, can be seen as the second generation of the Leipzig School.

The New Leipzig School, as a third generation, relates to the post-reunification climate of modern Germany and is closely linked with the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig. It usually refers to the students of Gille and Rink, but occasionally those of Rolf Kuhrt or even Heisig or Tübke. Its works tend to be characterised by a combination of figurative and abstract elements. Clear messages, which were characteristic of the "first" Leipzig generation of painters, are no longer present.

The list of painters that are classified in this school is not fixed, but has included Neo Rauch, Christoph Ruckhäberle and Matthias Weischer.

Many painters and galleries associated with the School are based in the "Music District" in the south-western suburbs, and more recently at the Leipzig Cotton Mill in Plagwitz.

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