Artist: Johann Nussbächer (Germany)
Title: Arbeit in varnish 66
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 140H x 100B x 4,5cm
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It is an abstract work that allows only to glimpse. The thickness is the one of a rarefied dawn, in which, but only mentioned, rocks, or an arcane building, appear from the background. An intense whitish glare covers all the left part of the picture and is reflected in “the water” catching sight at the bottom. It is a picture totally characterized by blue-greenish tones, that infuses calm, silence, and a great sense of mystery.
“Arbeit”, in German, means the work activity, the material action. “Varnish”, in English, coincides with a technique of painting in which the colour shows a light graphic density, through thin, almost transparent, coats. The abstraction is made through the use of a liquid colour, almost watery, spread in wide coats, using a large dimension spatula, and let dripped as to interpenetrate itself and to cover large portions of the canvas. It is on this oneiric base that, after or simultaneously, the work of building or defining details is taking place. It is made through coats of colour, through the interpositions of the artist, that follows and emphasizes the relations between the proceeding of the pictorial coats and the materiality of the supporting canvas. They are works of a great expressivity and high graphic level, normally worked on large dimension canvas (100 x 140) proceeding in vertical.