Southern Impressions

>Austere charm of antiquity< 

Hannelore Göbel’s „Southern Impressions“on paper from Bhutan, wrote the press in 1999.  “It appears that the pictures have already become coated with patina. The brown clay jugs, walls decorated with ornaments and relief or a classical bust create a weathered, old impression. Years seem to have left their marks. Yet all the pictures have been painted within the last five months. The Lilienthal artist Hannelore Göbel paints in mixed media on handmade paper from Nepal and Bhutan. With oil, watercolour and acrylic she mainly paints earth-coloured works which mostly show Italian motifs…”

 “One of the pictures is called ‘Wild Tulip’. It is painted on paper from Bhutan. It is divided into six blocks; its colours are gold, brown, black and white. In one of the blocks a dark-haired woman is looking like from a window. The tulip is finely drawn. Cypresses are dark in the background. Beautiful ornaments give the antique-looking ambience an elegant and noble touch. The artist has really caught the atmosphere of the old, Italian culture and the austere charm of nature….

The painting “David” is very idyllic. It shows the head of a statue by Sandro Botticelli in Florence. The grey head, whose features are only indicated, appears to be stony and weathered. Flower ornaments of lilies and columns decorate the picture painted in brown, red and gold and whose subject is the 15th century. Extracts from a letter are daintily put to paper in beautiful handwriting. The paper is coloured with spices, which thereby shows a reddish glimmer.”


>Impressions from Worpswede>

As a Lilienthal/Worpswede painter Hannelore Göbel got her inspiration from the history of Worpswede. Some of the results are the >Impressions from Worpswede<.

In the village of the ‘Teufelsmoor’ (Devil’s Bog) the “Poet Rainer Maria Rilke” immediately felt the unusual character, the more than strong effect of the colours in Worpswede. Once he described his ‘impression of the colours’ like this: “A journey to Worpswede is a cataract operation: as if suddenly a grey veil fades away that has spread between the objects and us. Immediately after one has got out of the branch line which leads from Bremen to Lilienthal, a strange shimmer and shine begins. Do these farmers have a colour demon in their body? Or is it only the air, the soft air, saturated with humidity that makes everything so colourful, so full of tones and so radiant?... Here there is a shimmer of lemon-yellow, there of greenish-yellow, there of greenish-blue, changing the whole nature into a vision of colours….”

I got my inspiration for this picture from a tale about a trip on a peat ship with Rainer Maria Rilke:

“At first the pitching had confused Rilke, but quickly he took pleasure in the coloured surging. Rilke delightedly looked at the fauna and flora and listened to the “Kömt je woller her” (Where are you from?) and “Wöt je woller hen” (Where are you going?)  of the fishermen. He tried hard to repeat the words of the fishermen in a subdued voice. Doing so he looked at me questioningly, but he uttered them in such a funny way that I could not help laughing.”

This was written by the painter Fritz Mackensen

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