Hundertwasser's comment on the work

This is a subject which I used three or four times. It is the third painting of the Eye Balance series. When I painted it I wasn't actually thinking of an eye, but of the matte and shiny portions. I had done the painting with watercolours and coated it with a varnish that would let the watercolours really shine through. Then I painted the dark portions onto the varnish and smeared them afterwards in the middle. The middle surfaces of the watercolour portions have less varnish, so that the matte and shiny parts are connected - depending on whether they had been painted with water or oil technique. I also included gold in this painting. At the time I had begun to use gold more and more frequently, irregardless of the fact that painting with gold was thought to be childish. Probably thanks to my "ancestors" Schiele and Klimt, who also used gold a lot, I had no qualms at all about using this material and pasting genuine gold foil onto the surface. At the time I didn't yet know how to apply it properly. That lent the pictures a particular attractiveness. Now, unfortunately, I know exactly how to apply the gold, and now the results are no longer such beautifully ragged surfaces. The title The Eye Balance came later, as so often. When a painting like this one is finished, I try like everything to think up a title. Title is not right; name is better - just like you say to people Franz, Joseph, or Annemarie, I called the painting Eye Balance. It is an eye suspended anatomically by its tendons, but it can also mean something different, something entirely different. I worked a bit faster on this painting. (from: Hundertwasser, Buchheim Verlag, Feldafing, 1964 and ed. 1973, p. 40).

Eye Balance III

La Picaudière, 1958
Painted at La Picaudière, June 1958
540 mm x 640 mm
Mixed media: watercolour, Indian ink, egg tempera, oil, varnish, shellac, gold foil on mull tissue on paper, primed with chalk, zinc white and fish glue; mounted on canvas
Sammlung Würth, Künzelsau, Germany

  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1964
  • Hammerlunds Kunsthandel, Oslo, 1965
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  • World Travelling Museum Exhibition:
  • Museo Españolde Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, 1979
  • Seedamm-Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon/Lake Zurich, 1979
  • Palazzo Barberini, Rome, 1980
  • Palazzo Reale, Milan, 1980
  • Henie/Onstad Stiftelser Kunstsentret, Høvikodden,1980
  • Secession, Vienna, 1981
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  • Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, 1998
  • Toskanische Säulenhalle im Zeughaus, Augsburg, 2002
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  • Würth Exhibitions 2004-07:
  • Kunstlocatie Würth, MK`s-Hertogenbosch, 2004/05
  • Art-Room-Würth, Böheimkirchen, 2005
  • Kulturforum Würth, Chur, 2005/06
  • Galleri Würth, Hagan, 2006
  • Kulturforum Würth, Kolding, 2006/07
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  • Art Forum Würth, Capena/Rome, 2008
  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, 2008/09
  • Forum Würth Arlesheim, Switzerland, 2014-17
  • Kunstmuseum am Inselbahnhof, Lindau, 2019
  • Museum Würth, Künzelsau, 2013/14
  • Art Forum Würth Capena, Italy, 2017-19
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser, Feldafing, 1964 and 1973, p. 41 (c), p. 45
  • Hundertwasser, Retrospektive 1948-1997, Frankfurt 1998, p. 53 (c)
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 359/360 (and c)
  • F. Hundertwasser / P. Restany, Hundertwasser, New York, 2008, p. 122 (c)
  • Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1964, pp. 58 (c), 168
  • Hammerlunds Kunsthandel, Oslo, 1965, cat. 13, p. 17 (c)
  • Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, 1979, cat. 168
  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1980, p. 201 (c)
  • Secession, Vienna, 1981, p. 201 (c)
  • Kulturhaus, Graz, 1981, p. 201 (c)
  • Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, 1998, p. 53 (c)
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Alençon, 2001, p. 37
  • Toskanische Säulenhalle im Zeughaus, Augsburg, 2002, p. 11 (c)
  • Der unbekannte Hundertwasser, KunstHausWien, Vienna, 2008, pp. 104-105 (and c), 288
  • La raccolta dei sogni, Art Forum Würth, Capena (Rome), 2008, p. 71 (c)
  • A.E.I.O.U., Museum Würth, Künzelsau/Germany, 2013, p. 91 (c)
  • Hundertwasser - Traumfänger einer schöneren Welt, Kunstmuseum am Inselbahnhof, Lindau, 2019, pp. 42-43 (and c)
  • B. Schoog, Der Mencsh lebt nicht vom Brot allein, Künzelsau, 2015, p. 67 (c)
  • Postcard, Buchheim Verlag, Feldafing, n.d. (repr.)
  • Hundertwasser Art Calendar 1974, Buchheim Verlag, Feldafing (29,7 x 40 cm, March) with commentary by the artist
  • Hundertwasser 2004 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)
  • Hundertwasser 2012 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)