Arnold Ammann - Stillleben mit Schraubstock und Wurzel, 1985
Indian ink on paper
40 x 53 cm
The Swiss artist Arnold Ammann (*14.2.1920 - 26.11.1991) is mainly known for his landscape paintings in which he captures his home region around Seon. Dark, broken shades of colour dominate his work. He often adds sand to the paint in order to give the works a special surface effect. However, his ink works on paper also present an important part of his Oeuvre. They show the artists interest in craftsmanship and details. With precisely painted lines and hatchings, the artist manages to depict his objects in a lifelike and almost hyper-realistic technique. Uli Däster writes in his book "The Painter Arnold Ammann" (1994): "Closely observed and reproduced down to the smallest detail - spots, highlights, imperfections - these objects come incredibly close to the viewer. Yet it is precisely the ordinary, unnoticed things that the artist puts into the light." Seen from close up, his ink drawings offer detailed individual elements - from distance, the motifs appear as structures reminiscent of animals or mythical creatures. In a surrealistic manner a root, a dried-up leaf and a vice are transformed into a snail with outreaching feelers or a crab that nestled down in an empty snailhouse.