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“Crosses”, Friedensreich Hundertwasser - description of the painting

“Crosses”, Friedensreich Hundertwasser - description of the painting


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Crosses - Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

This painting by Friedensreich Hundertwasser bears the gloomy name Crosses. And in this work, with his characteristic irony, Hundertwasser reproduced windows with the help of crosses. And windows were his favorite theme in architecture. This is one of the cornerstones of his creative method.

In the picture we see the dense system of tall buildings entirely consisting of windows. Some viewers may find similarities with the flags of Sweden, Finland, and most of all Denmark, Norway, Tonga, and will be partially right. Hundertwasser really at one time was engaged in the design of flags, in particular New Zealand and some Arab countries.

But back to the windows. The author believed that this is exactly what houses should look like - a series of uneven dancing windows to the gabled roof. It is better that the roof be crowned with a dome, and a tree sticks out from the center of the house: since we took the house from nature, urbanizing everything around, it means the time has come to “invite” nature to our home. It will be fair - the master considered, who also called himself not only an artist, but also an ecologist.

There are no straight lines in the picture. Hundertwasser believed that in nature there are no perfectly even lines, which means there is no need to artificially reproduce them.

Notice how elegantly the artist encrypted the year the picture was created and his autograph. In one of the windows we can see the inverted date of 1953, and next to it is the number “hundred” and flowing lines, similar to the designation of water or a river. One hundred waters - says this autograph. The fact is that Hundertwasser is translated and means “one hundred waters”: “Hundert” in German is “one hundred”, and “wasser” is water. After going over many pseudonyms in his lifetime, Friedrich Stowasser dwelt on this, hinting at his versatility and diversity.


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