Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was born on the 15th of December 1928. He is an Austrian artist of a contemporary nature and one of the best in Austria. Hundertwasser was first known for his boldly coloured paintings, now however is more widely acknowledged for his individual architectural designs.
Hundertwasser was born in Vienna. He studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1948. Friedensreich was inspired by the work of Schiele and Klimt, and then developed a mystical approach to art. He was born under the name of Stowasser but changed it at a later date His full name has the meaning: Friendensreich means freedom country, Regentag means rainy day and Hundertwasser means hundred waters.
He incorporated natural forms into his designs and is fascinated by spirals, calling straight lines ‘the devils tools’. His work features environmentalist views and philosophical ideas such as ‘save the whales’. He developed his own theory of ‘trans-automatism’ which is like surrealism, but as he paints concentrates on the viewers perspective and what different people see in the same picture rather than from the artists point of view.
Hundertwasser made many of his paints himself. He painted with watercolours, in oil and with egg tempera, with shiny lacquers and ground earth. He used various paints in one painting and put them next to each other, so that they contrasted not only in their colour but also in their texture. He also almost always stretched his own canvases.
He experimented with many techniques and often invented new ones. He painted on different types of paper; his favourite was used wrapping papers, which he often mounted onto various supports, such as wood fibreboards, hemp or linen.
A major part of the effect of Hundertwasser paintings is colour. Hundertwasser uses colours instinctively, without associating them with a definite symbolism. He prefers intensive, radiant colours and loves to place complementary...
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