Hundertwasser's comment on the work

I lived and painted for an entire year, a winter in the snow and a summer in which I bathed in the river, in my old mill on the Kamp. I fetched water out of a little brook; in the evening I lit seven kerosene lamps; I also had the first paltry solar current from a little photovoltaic cell on the grass roof. In the winter I set up a large mirror in such a way that it reflected more daylight on the ceiling. Now and then I had a visitor. I fetched provisions in the three nearby villages, or I went down a narrow path along the river and visited my neighbour Kastner. I was proud I could find my way home in the dark without a flashlight. The eyes get used to the darkness. Many pictures were painted. I placed them all together for a photograph. The painting shows a reversal in the relationship between plants and man, which I had already painted earlier, in 1954, with painting 199 The Flowers Will Sit in Judgment over Man. (from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, p. 666)


Hahnsäge, 1987
Painted at La Picaudière, January 1987 - Verlosnitz Treibach, Carynthia, May 2, 1987 - mounted and painted Hahnsäge, summer 1987 - signed Hahnsäge, December 18, 1987
500 mm x 650 mm
Mixed media: watercolour on paper with acrylic priming (48 x 63 cm) glued on canvas with cellulose glue and PV; finished with acrylic priming, egg tempera, acrylic, oil, lacquer and tinfoil; gold and silver leaf applied by Ralf Wittig, Zwettl
Collection Kastner, Zwettl, Austria

  • Travelling exhibition 1998/99:
  • Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1998
  • Museum "EKi", Kyoto, 1998
  • Sakura City Museum of Art, Chiba, 1998/99
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  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, April, 1991 - April, 1995
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Alençon, 2001
  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, 2008/09
  • KunstHausWien, Vienna, March 8 - September 2012
  • Cranach-Stiftung, Wittenberg, 2006
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 665-667 (and c)
  • Hundertwasser - Wenn einer alleine träumt..., Munich, 2003, p. 7 (c)
  • B. Stieff, Hundertwasser für Kinder, Munich, 2007, p. 71 (c)
  • F. Hundertwasser / P. Restany, Hundertwasser, New York, 2008, pp. 232/233 (c)
  • Travelling exhibition 1998/99: Japan, pp. 72/73 (c)
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Alençon, 2001, pp. 39 (c), 45
  • Pucker Gallery, Boston, 2003, p. 20 (c)
  • Der unbekannte Hundertwasser, KunstHausWien, Vienna, 2008, pp. 82/83 (and c), 290
  • F. Maier (ed.), Antike und Gegenwart, Bamberg, 1995, cover (detail according to the Poster 895B SURVIVAL OR SUICIDE - RAINFOREST, c)
  • Arte in, Anno VI, no. 28, Oct. 1993, Venice, p. 55 (c)
  • Postcard, Joram Harel Management, Vienna, 1988 (repr. 1994)
  • Art Calendar 1991, Pintura Campesina De Nicaragua (title)
  • Postcard, Museums Betriebs Gesellschaft mbH / Hundertwasser Archiv, Vienna, 2000 (repr. 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013)
  • Hundertwasser 2004 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)
  • Hundertwasser 2008 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne, cover (detail)
  • Invitation card, Dorfmuseum Roiten, Rappottenstein, 2010
  • Hundertwasser Premium Birthday Calendar, Wörner, Rutesheim, 2011
  • Hundertwasser Premium Art Calendar 2012, Wörner, Rutesheim
  • Hundertwasser 2012 Calendar, Taschen, Cologne (and reprints)