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Transcript of Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Born in Vienna on December 15,1928 as Friedrich Stowasser
Known as the "Agriculture Healer"
Went to many academies including the Viennese Art Academy and Ecole Des Beaux-Arts
He was inspired by the many cities he traveled to including Tokyo, Morocco, Budapest, Paris, Siberia, Greece, and Nepal
Died on February 19, 2000 on board the ship Queen Elizabeth 2nd
Hugely influences by his life-long friend René Brô Life Retrospective/Abstract Art: Creations: I CLOSE MY EYES HALFWAY
JUST AS WHEN I CONCEIVE PAINTINGS
AND I SEE THE HOUSES DUNKELBUNT
INSTEAD OF UGLY CREAM COLOUR
AND GREEN MEADOWS ON ALL ROOFS
INSTEAD OF CONCRETE.
I AM LOOKING FORWARD
TO BECOME HUMUS MYSELF
BURIED NAKED WITHOUT COFFIN
UNDER A TREE
ON MY LAND IN AO TEA ROA.
Hundertwasser, 1979 Architecture: Hundertwasser's original and unruly artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing (among other areas). The common themes in his work utilised bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism, rejecting straight lines.
He remains sui generis, although his architectural work is comparable to Antoni Gaudí (18521926) in its use of biomorphic forms and the use of tile. He was also inspired by the art of the Vienna Secession, and by the Austrian painters Egon Schiele (18901918) and Gustav Klimt (18621918).
He was fascinated by spirals, and called straight lines "the devil's tools". He called his theory of art "transautomatism", based on Surrealist automatism, but focusing on the experience of the viewer, rather than the artist. "Transautomatism!"