Portraits and Figurative Paintings

Emma Kunz

Oil on canvas
,
1995
Size: 50x70cm
Price: 900€
The portrait of the Swiss Emma Kunz (1892 - 1963) has to tell a story, both, about its making and about an experience during its creation. The painting came into being after a visit of the Emma Kunz Cave in 1995 and as its model a black and white photo of her had been used. Who she was breaks up this explanation, but some people may have an imagination.

At first the painting is done only with four unmixed colours. A pecularity of it is that the face is modelled with customary in trade plaster which had been put on the canvas before the application of the oil colours. The plaster had been wetted with terpentine, which quickly dried, but only partly crumbled down. Then the oil colours were fatly and thickly stroken on the canvas, so that one almost can speak of painted stucco.

During the work which lasted several days and several hours each day, the room in which it happened was filled with an undiscribable atmosphere, an atmosphere of which many people would envy me if I would be able to describe. It was an atmosphere as if time and space wouldn´t exist anymore, as if every ballast would have been taken away from the breast. It was a feeling that could be described as love in its purest form, as a taste of heaven already on earth. For a long time after the creation of the painting and also while writing these lines my eyes are getting wet only by thinking of this extraordinary emotion.

The first of such a happening occured during a trip some days after the visit of the Emma Kunz Cave. The emotion was unbelievable and I told nobody about the happening.

My research on the work number 168 of Emma Kunz resulted in a manuskript that has been read by a Swiss Publisher but has not been published. The results of my research were quite different of the opinions of other autors. In total it can be said my results are neither esoteric nor art historic or nature scientific, but they are religious in the sense of the oldest Hebrew tradition.