Tokyo, 1961
Mixed media: egg tempera, oil, pieces of blue cloth and grinded bricks on rice paper, primed with chalk and CH3; mounted on jute with CH3
970 mm x 1300 mm
Painted in Tokyo, Hyakusen Ryokan, Higashi Nagasaki, April 1961
Collection: Ohara Museum Okayama Japan
Hundertwasser comment about the work:
Gabled houses are real houses. The walls must live, that's why they are built of loam. They are like human skin, which grows constantly and gets wrinkles. Houses are our third skin. Houses weep and bleed, too. You see more through small windows than through big ones. (from: Hundertwasser Architecture, Cologne, 1997, p. 30) I had a contract with the Tokyo Gallery and free lodgings, which I changed several times. All the pictures I painted were bought by the gallery. It was about the same as with Kamer. I had to paint assiduously and a lot. This picture is a kind of protest, as a lot of love and time were expended on its creation. The brown dirt for the houses I found in Tokyo on the street. At the Tokyo Gallery I met Yuko Ikewada. In her I saw the exotic Japanese woman and she the European from far away in me, so the marriage did not last long. (from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, p. 417)
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