Friday, June 1, 2012

A one day vacation with Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000) was an Austrian artist(who later took on New Zealand citizenship).  Say that ten times fast! 

Hundertwasser's original and unruly artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalismphilosophy, and design of facades,postage stampsflags, 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.

Although Hundertwasser first achieved notoriety for his boldly-coloured paintings, he is more widely known for his individual architectural designs. These designs use irregular forms, and incorporate natural features of the landscape. TheHundertwasserhaus apartment block in Vienna has undulating floors ("an uneven floor is a melody to the feet"), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows.

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Here are some of my favorite paintings by Hundertwasser:

Third and fourth grade artists looked at many examples of Hundertwasser's work.  His artwork often depicts specific buildings and places from around the world. Students were asked to think about where they would like to go if they could take a one day vacation anywhere in the world.  Then they drew their destinations in the style of the artist. We used a mixture of black paint and white glue to outline the pictures, then painted then with liquid watercolor paints.  

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