year or so ago, I read about a study which showed that Germans' opinions of
themselves were more like the opinions of them held by foreigners living in
their country than foreigners' opinions (of the natives) living in any other
country in the world. And I thought this
was exceptionally admirable. Not only
because the Germans are guilty of committing the most heinous attempt in
recorded history to eradicate a great and geographically dispersed people,
during World War II, but also because so
many other modern countries have polities in total denial of the horriblenesses
in their pasts and, in many cases, their presents as well.
the time I read about the study, I had already become fascinated with modern
and contemporary German art, mainly as a living continuation of surrealism,
transposed into a realistic mode which could illustrate Franz Kafka's writings
very well. And when I found Almut
Heise's works at Artnet's Artist Works Catalogs in 2009, I didn't hesitate to
present several to OEN's readers, here; the title of the piece was 'Surrealist
Portraiture: Five Paintings by Almut Heise.'
the following images are at Artnet's AWC and presented copyright and courtesy
of that website, and of the artist, Almut Heise. See here.
The Artist, Almut Heise,
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