“Painting course” focusing on non-figurative and abstract painting
If we look back a hundred years in Central European intellectual and cultural life, we can observe that classic impressionist and expressionist forms of expression in painting are already subsiding and the first signs are appearing that the individual painterly means (color, form, material, surface, line) are more and more to touch the artistic consciousness and express themselves more independently in the painting process – regardless of the forms found in nature. Abstracting and developing in the feeling of the object, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner ‘s watercolor sketches show, for example, dynamic surfaces and lines that evoke the feeling that the canvas becomes an imaginary space, a living stage on which movement becomes condensed into a composition – without to lose the rhythmic flow and the ease. Fritz Winter, on the other hand, who was acquainted with Kirchner, takes a completely different approach. As a representative of a non-objective painting, Winter divides the pictorial space with geometric-looking structures in order to achieve a compositional support for the color and the black. All forms reminiscent of nature are overcome by winter even before the outbreak of World War II in favor of an abstract composition. It is only gradually that pure colors are incorporated in this painting process, which then appear ever freer in the 1960s. Something similar can be seen among the North American painters of Abstract Expressionism. To this day, striking representatives of painting try – in an academically differentiated way – to reconfigure objectivity over and over again. And at the art colleges, the intellectual aspects of capturing purely painterly criteria in terms of color and form are largely ignored. The painter Beppe Assenza, who died in 1985, strove to develop a pictorial language that unfolds from the intrinsic value of color on the one hand and the formal powers of chiaroscuro on the other. Surfaces and color forces are considered here to be independent entities that give the painting process new powerful impulses. The “Artistic Year” will turn to 04. 04. 2014 on 40 Thursdays of abstracting and especially non-figurative painting. In a systematic way, we will work out different techniques (monotype, collage, painting, graphics) and also deal with the spatial object. Since it has been shown in recent years that the capacity of the course is quickly exhausted, we recommend logging in before the start of the summer holidays.