Taormina, 1951

Watercolour and indelible pencil on wrapping paper primed with chalk, zinc white and fish glue

990 mm x 640 mm

Painted in Tunis, Gellel Ben Abdellah's house - Isola Bella, Toarmina, June - July 1951

Hundertwasser comment about the work:

Near Tunis, in the fantastic village of Sidi Bou Said, way up north with a view of the sea in the direction of Europe, the beginning of the mouth-boats. Finished it in Taormina, just as wonderful a place in Sicily which looks towards Africa. The houses are partly Arab-Tunesian blue, partly Sicilian-European of red-fired brick. Like all watercolours I did while travelling, this one was also folded twice, so each time I painted I could only see a quarter of the picture. In this way I could paint "lap top". When I unfolded it, wherever I found a big table, I was always very surprised at the contrast and nonetheless the unity of the four separately painted parts. (from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, pp. 209-210)

Glued on canvas in 1962 without the artist's knowledge; worked over again by the artist in 1962.

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