Gottfried Helnwein is trying to detach himself from the influences of Vienna School and to open up a completely new world. The lasses and figures he paints almost always bear some sort of surgical scar and the canvas it teemed with a sadistic aroma. His sadism, however, is quite different from the gloomy Middle Ages type. He tries to drag it out under the sun. His "Ruthless Republic"is something which Pop Art intentionally averted. The artist gives light to the shadows with a strong sun. Herein we see Helnwein's over-sensitive logic and his sensibility.