R.B. Kitaj, ‘Isaac Babel Riding with Budyonny’ 1962
R.B. Kitaj
Isaac Babel Riding with Budyonny 1962
© The estate of R. B. Kitaj
David Hockney, ‘Man in Shower in Beverly Hills’ 1964
David Hockney
Man in Shower in Beverly Hills 1964
© David Hockney
Leon Golub, ‘Wounded Sphinx’ 1965
Leon Golub
Wounded Sphinx 1965
© DACS, London and VAGA, New York 2022

The term first used by the French critic Michel Ragon, sometimes argued that the move back to figuration occurred during an era of political and social turbulence in Europe and America.

Artists David Hockney and Leon Golub can be seen as examples of new figuration.