The term Neue Wilden was used in Germany for neo-expressionism, a movement which saw the re-emergence of expressive painting in the late 1970s and 1980s

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  • Anselm Kiefer, 'Parsifal III' 1973
    Anselm Kiefer
    Parsifal III 1973
    Oil and blood on paper on canvas
    © Anselm Kiefer
  • Georg Baselitz, 'Adieu' 1982
    Georg Baselitz
    Adieu 1982
    Oil on canvas
    support: 2500 x 3005 mm
    Purchased 1983© Georg Baselitz
  • Anselm Kiefer, 'Lilith' 1987-9
    Anselm Kiefer
    Lilith 1987-9
    Oil, ash and copper wire on canvas
    support: 3815 x 5612 x 500 mm
    support, each: 3815 x 2806 x 50 mm
    Purchased 1990© Anselm Kiefer
  • Anselm Kiefer, 'Urd Werdande Skuld (The Norns)' 1983
    Anselm Kiefer
    Urd Werdande Skuld (The Norns) 1983
    Oli, shellac, emulsion and fibre on canvas
    support: 4205 x 2805 x 60 mm
    Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008© Anselm Kiefer

Like other neo-expressive movements of this era, the work of the Neue Wilden (i.e. new Fauves), is characterised by bright, intense colours and quick, broad brushstrokes, and can be seen to have arisen in opposition to the then dominant avant-garde movements of minimal art and conceptual art.

Neue Wilden artists Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer have become major international figures.