Continuing with images from Freiburg, I like this mid-century type on a house front there.
And if you’re like me and enjoy writings, retro and neon signs, too than you should keep an eye at the Instagram account @basicgermanwords which develops around any lettering in German speaking areas of the world.
Italian Girl in Double Portrait, 1834 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, who later went on to become a famous court painter. He is today known for his flattering and romantic grand portraits of European high aristocracy. But beforehand had some learning years in Italy where Franz Xaver Winterhalter perfected his style with portrait studies and landscapes.
This painting hangs in Freiburg’s Augustinermuseum where they also had a comprehensive exhibition about the artist some time ago. The young and mysterious girl is shown from two perspectives with focus on her image above shoulders. With a skin darkened by the sun and a natural flush on her cheeks she showcases a raw beauty with no need of any other kind of makeup. Of course there is still some embellishment around the face. She wears beautifully simple but heavy gold earrings and a red necklace, the dark hair is intricately braided on top of the ears and at the neck, reminding contemporary viewers probably or Princess Leia from Star Wars.
I just had enjoyed a miserable coffee and not the most beautiful chocolate cake on the terrace of Cologne’s museum of far Eastern art amidst its ever incredible mid century architecture that I glimpsed a Continue reading →
Karl Schenker was a very much acclaimed master of photography and illustration especially during 20s Germany who later lost his impact and died 1954 in London without much notice from society.
I often wonder how it must be to rise that high and then vanish into oblivion. We see this all the time with film stars for example. But in Karl Schenker’s case it touches me even more. We see a man with true skills, magician like, he achieves unimaginable artistry and because of changing tastes and technology demand for him declines up into nothing.
At the beginning Karl Schenker had a Studio in Berlin where everybody from high society be it aristocrats or politicians came to get their portraits taken. He did everything himself and where he shined most was the post-editing process where Karl Schenker proved to be a master of retouching. The studio portraits were taken in the gloomy style of the decade but with his hands and a brush he managed to add feathery and glowing highlights. The subjects were manipulated to look better and in the end they appeared with slimmer noses and shined with soft radiance wearing pelts and feather boas from the picture. Continue reading →
As much as I love ancient buildings, I also admire monoliths of neo-modern architecture.
Today we went to a zoo located in the outer rims of Freiburg. The whole district is called Rieselfeld and a part of it got transformed into a residential area. A very new borough with a very new church. Continue reading →
The other day a delivery of greeting cards arrived at the Apricot Room and when I saw the vibrant colors of this one I had to take a picture immediately.
The motive is called ‘Frühlingsstrauß‘ and was painted by German artist Oskar Koller in 1999. It feels so contemporary, right?
Oskar Koller was born in 1925 in Erlangen and was also educated in graphic design which you can clearly see in his execution of form and color. His water color paintings are so vibrant and highly aesthetic yet free from any kind of please or kitsch though he very often chose to draw flowers. To paint with water color has not the best reputation as it is considered a beginner’s medium and very easy to perform. But you can reach very high artistic standards as for example Japanese 19th century artists have shown us before.
Oskar Koller died a few years ago and I couldn’t find out where the original Frühlingsstrauß is located though I stumbled upon other works which are available. They’re not especially super expensive, I mean still too much for me right now but if you’re willing to splurge… I always preach to invest in art and I think his works are pretty much worth it.
Anja Noack and Saskia Wragge, two wonderful women making art in Cologne. Works sold at Saisongeschäft Körnerstraße Cologne until 31st of March. Prices are very reasonable but they’re also postcards for like 1 Euro or so.
I am back from a wonderful and turbulent visit in Berlin. The way there I took the plane and wasn’t aware of a change on the rules for cabin baggage (again…seriously it’s so annoying) and had to throw away some of my stuff.
To restock I spontaneously went into a pharmacy at Hackescher Markt and standing inside I got instantly struck by a most intricate old world wood interior. Turns out this is Berlins oldest existing pharmacy also once called Rothe Apotheke dating way back to 1954.
Focal point of the inner structure is a beautiful Rococo painting on the ceiling in soft pastel tones depicting chubby little angels enjoying themselves in the sky as you see above. Don’t miss out on this site visiting Berlin though if you happen to need medicine or French pharmacy beauty products be aware that much of the stuff is more expensive than at less exposed locations.
For years the talented Carsten Heisterkamp has ventured deep into the wilderness of the Ruhrgebiet. The outcome is now on display in the brick covered vaults of W57 Düsseldorf.
Im weißgetünchten Gewölbekeller des W57 zeigt Carsten Heisterkamp das visuelle Ergebnis seiner Expeditionen ins industriell vernarbte Ruhrgebiet.
// Lager 3, W57 // Worringer Str. 57, 40211 Düsseldorf // open till November 28 //
My friend Andy Kassier is a terribly gifted photographer and artist. Recently he showed his installation ‘The secret to my success’ at local vintage clothing shop Vintage Emde and I posted about it on Spook.
In the article I also featured some of his regular images which are awesomely high scale and show him as a spoiled new money rich kid. All of his pics sport some serious fashion editorial vibe revealing his background as a classically trained photographer. Though Andy never forgets to put the subtle irony into his show off images transforming the pics into deeply thoughtful pieces that make you also dream.
Head over to Spook to see more of his great work and read my article in German.
And here some of my phone pics, showing us goofing around a little.