Hundertwasser, Friedensreich

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    Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000) was an Austrian painter and architect.

    Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century. He was an only child and he developed artistic skills very early.

    Hundertwasser’s original and unruly artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing (among other areas). The common themes in his work utilised bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism, rejecting straight lines.

    His art life began when he was at Vienna, he became fascinated with the work of Egon Schiele and so unknowingly his art life began.
    He remains sui generis, although his architectural work is comparable to Antoni Gaudí in its biomorphic forms and use of tile.

    He was fascinated with spirals, and called straight lines “the devil’s tools”. He called his theory of art “transautomatism”, based on Surrealist automatism, but focusing on the experience of the viewer, rather than the artist.