ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Alfred Wais

Chemistry and technology
© Alfred Wais / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Alfred Wais

Chemie und Technik / Chemistry and technology, 1975

Oil on cardboard
45 × 59,5 cm

signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse: Alfred Wais Oct. 1975; titled on label: Chemistry and Technology o./7/914
(WAISA/M 51)

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Alfred Wais's tendency towards a vehement brushstroke, the impasto application of paint, and the abstraction of form leaves the painting "Chemie und Technik" (Chemistry and Technology) from 1975, which can be classified as figurative when viewed intensively, nevertheless enigmatic. The figural appearance recedes behind the layered pictorial space, which is built up primarily from the colors, largely dispensing with means of perspective construction. Although bottle-like containers and other technical equipment can be made out in the foreground, what is additionally hidden in the painting eludes clear naming. The title can help us to decipher: It steams out of a cauldron. Is there a chemical test set-up with a Bunsen burner and test tubes for an experiment? Through the carvings in the partially impasto, partially flat application of paint, the viewer can literally feel how, for Wais, the statement of the painting is closely related to his state of excitement during the process of creation. Wais depicts social reality without restraint, so that the psychological reasons for the painting can be guessed at and conclusions drawn about the depths of the soul.
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