Boats in Harbor: Watercolor 17x12 cm by Siegfried Lunau, 2003. On heavy watercolor paper.
Foto Copyright Marco Bodenstein/Marco-VR, Bonn
Berlin/Nörvenich (bpb) The European Art Foundation in Berlin has discovered a new master of the small format painting: Siegfried Lunau. The sculptor and painter of large size paintings has been lately concentrating more and more on smaller works.
The motifs on heavy watercolor paper are many-sided. The well-read artist has received a great deal of inspirations on his journeys through varying landscapes, visits to the coast and in local areas in western Germany, especially along the Rhine river.
"Many of my small oil painings and watercolors are also biographies of what I have recently seen", says Lunau. What that means is that a house, a landscape or an event is captured on canvas and papers as a piece of historical information.
Small format paintings have a long tradition in the art. To them belong also miniature portraits of women and children, of lovers and friends, which are carried in medallions around the neck. This beautiful tradition has been today replaced by photos of the family, which one carries tucked in a briefcase.
Today, small paintings are especially in demand for those friends of art, who have little space in their house to hang the works of art on their walls. Besides, small format original paintings are a lasting memento on family members and friends. The European Art Foundation (www.europaeische-kultur-stiftung.org) has a collection "Small Format Paintings by Siegfried Lunau". It is available for exhibitions to art societies, galleries and museums. In addition, the art gallery of the art museum at the Nörvenich Castle in Germany has works of the artist for sale (Museum@europaeische-kultur-stiftung.org.)
Copyright 2003 West-Art, Prometheus 86, 2003