After the artist discontinued his studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden in 1976, his paintings developed away from a glazed painting technique into a freer, impasto application of color. The work shown in the exhibition, “Alaunplatz II” from 1973, is an example of his early painting style, which was oriented towards New Objectivity.
Hubertus Giebe also found inspiration from the Old Masters and the artists of the classical modern like Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann, or Otto Dix. Schooled in Western, European art history, Giebe developed his own forms of expression. His “historical pictures,” as he called them, are central to this.