Sean Scully's striped and checkered abstractions are a familiar sight to most in the art world. But, the Irish painter wasn't always a foe of form.

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Sean Scully's striped and checkered abstractions are a familiar sight to most in the art world. But, the Irish painter wasn't always a foe of form. In his early practice, figurative works were inspired by expressionist works like those of the Brücke artists and other European modernists. For the first time, the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany has brought together some of Scully's early figurative canvases along side his iconic abstract works for a seminal show that is open through November 16 and will subsequently travel to the Kunsthalle Rostock and other institutions.

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