ARTISTS / Contemporary art
Friedemann Hahn

Forest I
© Friedemann Hahn / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Friedemann Hahn

Wald I / Forest I, 2011

Oil on canvas
80 × 60 cm

signed and dated on the reverse
(HAHNF/M 15)

€ 14.000
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According to Friedemann Hahn's own statement, his "Forest" paintings represent a reaction to the absurdly idyllic kitschy forest motifs of the American painter Bob Ross (1942-1995), who radically commercialized painting. Hahn, on the other hand, employs a bulky, intentionally barely accessible visual language that confidently counters Ross's banal motifs. With a pleasing yet routine painting style, Ross suggested that anyone could create an old-master-like landscape with his technique, which was taught - and distributed - in videos. With his ultimately intellectual painting, Friedemann Hahn exaggerates such a thesis, with which modern artists in particular are assumed to paint as if any creatively ambitious person could do so, but who quickly reaches the limits of his technical, formal-compositional, and aesthetic possibilities. Hahn's painterly interventions are sovereign apercus of a decided peinture.
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