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“Cathedral I”, Friedensreich Hundertwasser - description of the painting

“Cathedral I”, Friedensreich Hundertwasser - description of the painting



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Cathedral I - Friedensreich Hundertwasser. 67 x 50 cm

As you know, Friedensreich Hundertwasser traveled a lot in his life. In his travels, he also saw a source of inspiration and regarded travel as an exciting way to his style in art. Wherever the artist came, he everywhere studied architecture around, and was often unpleasantly surprised at its uniformity.

At the beginning of the 50s, Hundertwasser visited Morocco, where he visited one of the largest imperial cities of the country - Marrakesh. There, the architect was struck by one of the local attractions, the house of Ahmed Alau. The artist left his vision of this architectural object. Of course, one should not even start looking for photographic accuracy with a real structure - Hundertwasser saw everything through the prism of his worldview.

And the central element in the perception of the world was color. One of the artist’s architectural and architectural principles says that people should not live in the same houses and they should be given the right to decorate and decorate their house as they like. So while walking around Marrakesh, Friedensreich was amazed at the combination of colors - red soil, red soil walls, green ceramic tiles. The artist compared the house of Ahmed Alaui with the Vienna Cathedral of St. Stephen. Hence the unexpected name of the painting - “Cathedral I”.

We see how many colors in this work! No halftones, only bright clear colors. Thanks to the deliberate flatness of the picture, the simplified construction of the composition, and bright colors, the picture resembles not another artifact of easel painting, but an outlandish mosaic made of stones and glass (the roof of the building, which seems to be made of glass elements, is noteworthy).

Hundertwasser was an opponent of classical forms and typical elements. He not only sought to transform everything around, but he himself saw everything a little differently. The painting “Cathedral” allows you to look at the world through the eyes of one of the most shocking architects of the past century. And this is its main value.


Watch the video: Hundertwasser in Aotearoa-True Nature trailer 2010 (August 2022).