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Norbert Tadeusz

Fenster (2008-17-01)

acrylic on canvas
2008
160 x 105,5 cm / 63 x 41 1/2 in.
verso signed and dated

Norbert Tadeusz was chosen as master student by Joseph Beuys at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. With his representational painting, he was a big exception and was ridiculed by his fellow students. To him it was most important to perfect his technical skills as a painter. It was only in West Berlin, which had a different artistic environment than Düsseldorf, that he found like-minded artist colleagues in Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Jörg Immendorff, and Sigmar Polke, who also chose representational painting. In 1983 he spent a year in Florence with a stipend as recipient of the Villa Romana-Prize, during that time his love of the Italian masters grew even stronger. Tadeusz is known for his often large format, expressive pictures, in which human figures are often depicted in curious positions. His paintings feature complex compositions a convincing precision of form and overwhelmingly powerful colours. In the present painting we see a room with an open window, through which green trees can be seen, lit by sunshine. The serene setting is is upset by an almost nude figure lying in the immediatre forground, so that the viewer's gaze "trips" over it, as a person entering the room would. His pictures tell a story, and the artist stimulates our imagination to speculate what that story might be in the present painting.

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