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Vienna shows the macabre of the Great War through the work of Egger-Lienz

March 6, 2014 9:42 am

Vienna, Mar 6 (Entravision) .- The Museum of Vienna Belvedere has rescued, on the occasion of the centennial of the First World War, the work of the Austrian painter Albin Egger-Lienz , who summarized in his book, the suffering, famine and destruction which accompany the armed conflicts.

The exhibition “Tontentanz” (danse macabre), which opens tomorrow, take advantage of the anniversary of the outbreak of the global conflict to give “a global vision of what life was like and what were the influences of Egger-Lienz “, according to EFE said today the museum director, Agnes Husslein-Arco .

The axis of the sample, open until June 9, is “Totentanz”, a work that the artist Tyrolean introduced in 1908 but continued working until complete Six versions up to the year 1921.

four characters humble, peasants, who emigrated to the war led by an incarnation of death, are displayed in a canvas full of symbolism about the horrors of war, a reality that Egger-Lienz knew first-hand.

The painter enlisted in 1915 and was in the Italian front, where he worked as artistic adviser. Visited the trenches and pinto sketches, oil paintings and reproductions for the Red Cross.

“( Egger-Lienz ) makes you feel sad and you touches the soul, makes you think about with she had to deal that poor people, especially during the war,” added Husslein-Arco .

The work in the field, the mountains and the catholic religion become the protagonist in the tables of Egger-Lienz , who he managed to transmit the living conditions of the population of the Tirol, its region of origin, through the cold colors and its steady.

other parts of this relatively unknown author, such as “the nameless 1914″ or “war”, add to parts of artists of the stature of Otto Dix or Max Beckmann in the path As the painting of the era reflected the rawness of the war.

According to the curator of the exhibition, Helena Parena, the Belvedere you attempt to break with the prejudices that have surrounded from always to the work of Egger-Lienz , who has been associated with the pacifism, i interpret his paintings as a criticism of the war, as with the national socialist movement.

Although Egger-Lienz died before the rise of the Nazis to power, the regime she took a keen interest in his work, since her style recalls that of the posters used as propaganda by the totalitarian regimes of the interwar period.

“We want to let you know about beyond, teach that the idea that it is of the artist is very partial and that has That view with a hindsight, but not with what it did in the moment,” explained Parena.

The Commissioner pointed out that, when the painter captured “Danse Macabre”, did more with the idea of pay homage to the “brave man who goes to war, as something positive”, which to criticize the confrontation.

however, and already with the perspective that gives the time, it becomes almost inevitable hinted in the work of Egger-Lienz a criticism of the war and what always entails: the devastation of the homes, the famine and the destruction of families.