Alongside Georg Baselitz and Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer is considered one of the leading German post-war and neo-expressionism artists. As a student of Joseph Beuys, Kiefer's work is strongly concerned with history and mythology as well as Germany's identity after WWII. His work as a painter, sculptor and installation artist is strongly influenced by unconventional materials. His monumental paintings obtain their characteristic, strongly structured texture through a generous use of paint, metals such as lead and organic materials such as straw, ash or strands of hair. Due to their inherent haptic and texture they have an all the more impressive effect on the viewer.