Waldemar Theophil Fink - Es werde Licht (Moosalp), 1908
Oil on canvas
94,2 x 114 cm
At first glance, the work Es werde Licht (Moosalp) by Waldemar Theophil Fink (1883-1948) does not seem entirely accurate, almost surreal. On the horizon, the rising sun breaks through the mysterious blue landscape with contrasting orange and yellow tones. In the midst of this mysterious scene in the snow-covered Swiss Alps, Fink depicts a crucified Christ. This enigmatic combination of allegorical crucifixion and Swiss landscape painting is unique and places the work in a symbolist context.
The cross is not arranged centrally, but in the right half of the picture, while a lake of melted snow in the left half compensates for the composition. The mountain top reflected in it faces the crucified Jesus. The technique used by Fink in this painting is strongly reminiscent of post-impressionist or pointillist works, in which various brushstrokes or dots form a whole. With the title Es werde Licht (Let there be light) the motif of the rising sun is described as a transforming and life-breathing moment.
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