Aflenz, 1951
Watercolour on wrapping paper, primed with chalk, zinc white and fish glue
650 mm x 450 mm
Painted in Aflenz, Bürgeralm, August 1951 in the company of his mother
Hundertwasser comment about the work:
A city with high buildings. The buildings on grass and the large tree in the city are as big as the skycrapers. The bird is in the centre. This shows precisely my ecological tendency to bring green to the city. And right in the foreground, at that: the tree is more important than the architecture. Just as President Senghor said, "If somebody builds a house, the tree standing next to it should be higher than the house." (from: Hundertwasser Architecture, Cologne, 1997, p. 14) Léopold Sédar Senghor, President of Senegal, said to me, "A house may not be higher than the tree standing next to it. . ." (from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, p. 216)
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