Aflenz, 1951
Watercolour on wrapping paper, primed with chalk, zinc white and fish glue; later glued on canvas.
630 mm x 450 mm
Painted in Aflenz, Bürgeralm, August 1951 in the company of his mother
Hundertwasser comment about the work:
Here I was already trying to prove that the dwelling cells in high-rises can be individually varied and humane and positive, so that a person can already see where he lives from the outside. I was also already anticipating roof forestation then. At the time, in 1951, there wasn't such a thing as trees on the roof of high-rises. So this modern house stands next to a village church without smothering it, like a friend, you might say. (from: Hundertwasser Architecture, Cologne, 1997, p. 14) . . . but then: if the trees are supposed to be higher than the houses, can you plant them on top of houses and have a forest on the roofs? This picture anticipates what I practised later. Seen from above everything must be green. We must give nature back - on the roofs - the territory we have illegally taken away from her. The dwellings in this skyscraper are also all different. I was in Marseille with Brô in 1949 and saw Le Corbusier's Unité d'habitation - La cité radieuse (Unity of habitation - the radial city) under construction. (from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, p. 217)

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