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Marchen: Philipp Frohlich

Marchen: Philipp Frohlich

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Marchen: Philipp Frohlich
(Fairy Tale: Philipp Frohlich)

W032753 | $58.00 / 10% library disc.
Exhibition Catalog

Kunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal, 2021. Organized by Kunst-und Museumsverein Wuppertal. Published by Verlag Kettler, Dortmund.

152 pp. 124 col., 4 b/w ills. 29 x 22 cm. Bilingual in English and German. Hardcover.

ISBN 9783862068944

Both romantic landscape painting and the tradition of telling fairy tales are rooted in the 19th century. In his painting, Philipp Fröhlich relocates both of these to the present. With him, Hansel and Gretel are dressed like people of the 21st century, and the almost photo-realistic painted natural scenery also clearly contradicts the anti-modernism associated with fairy tales. While we could still identify with the characters in the picture books of our childhood, the protagonists in Fröhlich act at a strange distance from the viewer. The screen formats are huge and convey the feeling of being part of the scenery yourself. Fröhlich studied stage design in Düsseldorf until 2002 and gradually switched from working in the theater to painting. His artistic practice has been shaped to this day by his training. Starting with notes and preliminary studies, Fröhlich developed sometimes elaborate models, which he used to try out the later composition of the image. The stage-like, almost cinematic effect of his paintings that this creates leads to an unusual mixture of precise and cool-looking realism on the one hand and soft painterly effects on the other - a captivating puzzle between reality and fantasy.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Germany -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Painting --

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