Uriel Birnbaum was an Austrian caricaturist. This particular sketch I did hangs in the Salzburg Museum and was done as a reaction to the First World War: The face of death. The delicate lines he created with the tiny dots are a stark contrast to the movement he evokes and the heaviness and melancholy his caricature evokes. A visit to this museum was an eye opener to the violent times Salzburg and Austria has been through. The scenic beauty of this country veils it's sad history.
... more consciously this time.
I am back after an awesome summer break in Austria.
This country is known for its scenic beauty and culture in terms of the many poets, artists, philosophers and musicians that were born here. One of its sons also brought war and devastation into our world and strangely a small section of the Austrian (and German) population seem to want to celebrate him. Let us hope that the majority of people living here and in Germany are able to influence policy makers in Europe in a positive manner. My vacation in this calm, scenic and beautiful country was dominated by the paradoxical news everyday, every hour, of the influx of refugees into Europe and how unwelcome they were. A jarring reality in our turbulent world. Let us make every effort to play a meaningful role to make our world a better place.
I am an abstract artist living and working in Berlin.