Houses under snow in silver rain with a red carpet - Friedensreich Hundertwasser. 68 x 51 cm.
Artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser painted his painting “Houses in the Snow in Silver Rain with a Red Carpet” in 1962. This time was very favorable for the Austrian dreamer and storyteller - he married a second time. This time, his chosen one was the beautiful Japanese Yuko Ikevade, whom he met during his exhibition in Tokyo.
The title of the work describes almost all the main elements of the exhibition. We see six colorful houses, whose roofs have merged together, forming a common peak gone to the left. The saturated red color of the roof echoes the continuous red strip, which the master himself presents as a track. I immediately recall the famous performance that Hundertwasser spent in Hamburg two years earlier - with two friends the artist drew a continuous line in the room for several days until they were interrupted by authorities indignant at such an eccentric act.
Everything depicted in the picture resembles a bright mosaic - the colors are so saturated and the details are sketchy. A yellow, clearly drawn fence surrounds most of the picture. As a result, it turns out that at the point of the golden ratio there is only a white crust of snow and nothing more. This is an original approach to building a composition.
Silver rain is presented in the picture in the form of large round objects more reminiscent of not drops, but stones. The author unevenly distributed them in the picture. In the background, schematically - a river bound in gray ice.
Everything in this work raises many questions - why the roofs merge, why the central part of the work is given to the space covered with snow, why the path is drawn so casually, violating all the laws of perspective, and finally, what does its red color mean?
However, to all these reasonable comments, the original Hundertwasser would answer simply: why not? This artist has always called for the complete freedom of the artist and his work and worked as he felt, becoming an inexhaustible source of ideas for representatives of avant-garde trends in painting.