The spiral grows and dies like a plant – the lines of the spiral, like a meandering river, follow the laws of growth of a plant.Hundertwasser, 1974
As a painter Hundertwasser transferred the beauty of nature to the canvas. His subjects revolved, among others, around water, sun, trees and plants as well as people and their dwellings. Hundertwasser scorned geometrically straight lines, and the winding spiral shape recurs in many of his works. Painting was a calm, meditative process. The pictures grew up slowly just like the organic forms of nature.
Experiments with materialsHundertwasser painted anywhere and with anything. From a journey in Africa he brought home some soil from a termite hill, which he often mixed in with his brown colours. In many paintings and prints he used gold and silver foil.
At one with natureThe artist liked to take his paintings outside with him into the landscape to compare them with natural beauty – or into urban space to spread colour and creativity to as many
people as possible.