- Author: Friedensreich Hundertwasser
- Museum: Private collection
- Year: 1953 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Crosses - Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
This painting by Friedensreich Hundertwasser bears the gloomy name "Crosses". But how could this artist and the architect, distinguished by a special sense of humor, have dark pictures? No, of course. And in this work, with his characteristic irony, Hundertwasser reproduced windows with the help of crosses. And the windows were his favorite theme in architecture. This is one of the cornerstones of his creative method.
In the picture we see a dense structure of tall buildings entirely of windows. Some viewers may find in this similarity with the flags of Sweden, Finland, and most of all Denmark, Norway, Tonga, and will be partly right. Hundertwasser was really engaged in the development of flag design, in particular, New Zealand and some Arab countries.
But back to the windows. The author believed that this is how the houses should look like - a series of uneven dancing windows to a pointed roof. It is better that the roof was crowned with a dome, and a tree protruded from the center of the house: once we took the house away from nature, urbanizing everything around, it is time for nature to “invite” to our home. It will be fair - considered the master, who also called himself not only an artist, but also an ecologist.
There is not a single straight line in the picture. Hundertwasser believed that there are no perfectly smooth lines in nature, which means there is no need to artificially reproduce them.
Notice how elegantly the artist encrypted the year the painting was created and its autograph. In one of the windows we can see the inverted date of 1953, and next to it is the number "one hundred" and smooth lines, similar to the designation of water or a river. One hundred waters - this autograph says. The fact is that Hundertwasser means "one hundred waters" in translation: "hundert" in German "one hundred", and "vasser" - water. Having touched a lot of pseudonyms to his age, Friedrich Shtovasser settled on this, hinting at his versatility and diversity.
Other paintings by Hundertwasser
Hurts to wait for love
Houses under the snow
Shadow of stars
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