Hundertwasser's comment on the work

The house is, I suppose, my favourite motif. With me it is like with Egon Schiele, the painter I love so much, who so liked to paint houses. If I start a picture and don't know what to paint, I start either with a spiral or a house. Here I have added an innovation: windows resembling hot-water bottles. The Viennese windows from the sixties usually have a plaster crown above the window. that makes the windows look like hot-water bottles when they're painted. I was already interested in architecture back then; I would have liked it best if the houses were not all alike, but had different-sized windows instead - like African houses. What I can't build, I paint, naturally. In the process I try to have the windows not only of different sizes and at different levels, but also to give them different crowns. Of course it shouldn't look chaotic; there should be real storeys and windows situated above or below one another. But the whole should be humane, in a word. - Green is my favourite colour. Why shouldn't a house be green? If the forest were slowly to disappear because the cities are getting bigger, then at least the houses would be green. I can well imagine green for a house - green ceramic tiles, for instance. Down below in the picture is a spiral as a cloud. Clouds are spirals to me. Anything can be a spiral: eyeglasses, clouds - everything can occur in spiral form. I think the house here is on fire. But I'm not quite sure. I like it when houses are on fire. (from: Hundertwasser, Buchheim Verlag, Feldafing, 1964 and ed. 1973, p. 26)


La Picaudière, 1962
Painted in Baden near Vienna, February 1962 - La Picaudière, March 1962
400 mm x 510 mm
Watercolour on wrapping paper primed with chalk and PV
  • Galleria La Medusa, Rome, 1962
  • W. Schmied, Hundertwasser, Feldafing, 1964 and ed. 1973, pp. 27 (c), 45
  • Hundertwasser, Regentag - Rainy Day - Jour de pluie, Munich, 1972, pp. 28 (c, photomontage), 84
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 437/438 (and c)
  • Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1964, pp. 91 (c), 201
  • Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1965, p. 39 (c)
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Alençon, 2001, p. 42
  • HW-Die Kunst des grünen Weges, KunstHausWien, Vienna, 2011, pp. 186 (c), 214
  • B. De Coster, Kinder entdecken Hundertwasser, Horneburg, 2003 and ed. 2005, p. 41 (c) and foil (c)
  • Postcard, Buchheim Verlag, Feldafing, 1964 (repr.)
  • Postcard, Verlag Galerie Welz, Salzburg, 1968
  • Art Calendar, Buchheim Verlag, Feldafing, 1972 (May, postcard size)
  • Art Calendar 1974, Buchheim Verlag, Feldafing (April, 31,5 x 40 cm)
  • Hundertwasser Art Calendar 1988 (September, small/big size)
  • Hundertwasser Pocket Art and Pocket Art 94, B. Wörner, Rutesheim 1993
  • Hundertwasser Vertical Wall Calendar Art 2010, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser span-a-year Art Calendar 2010, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser Vertical Wall Calendar Art 2011, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser span-a-year Art Calendar 2011, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser Address book, Wörner, Rutesheim, 2011
  • Hundertwasser Notebook, Wörner, Rutesheim, 2011
  • Hundertwasser Diary 2012, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser 2012 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)
  • Hundertwasser span-a-year Art Calendar 2014, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser Vertical Wall Calendar Art 2014, Wörner, Rutesheim