Helmut Federle

Basics on Composition



ISBN: 9783775747868 Category:

Erich Franz, John Yau


H is here, in the truest sense, the alpha and omega. Helmut Federle uses the first letter of his first name as a format-filling, artistic matrix on canvases measuring between forty and fifty centimetres. Since his early days as an artist in the late 1970s, he has created seventy variations of Liegendes H (Reclining H). The basic form of three lines and two squares enumerates the variations of expressions in painting. Their synopsis plays with figure and ground, forming an inventive collection of painterly techniques and the atmospheres they evoke. At the same time, the subtitles for the individual works seem to hint at the specific horizons of experience in their creation. They lend each work a poetic dimension, as one tries to imagine the artist’s world in the planes of colour. Thus, each picture represents Helmut and is, in its mysterious originality, a fascinating haiku.

Additional information

Weight 630 g
Dimensions 26.3 x 26.1 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 15 October 2020
Number of pages 144
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 26.3 x 26.1 cm
Weight 630 g


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Numerous solo exhibitions have been devoted to HELMUT FEDERLE's (*1944, Solothurn) artwork. In 1997 he designed the Swiss Pavilion for the Venice Biennial. From 1999 to 2007 he was a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He divides his time between Vienna and Camaiore, Italy.