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Description of the painting by Heinrich Campendonk “In the Forest”


The painting “In the Forest” was painted by Heinrich Kampendonk in 1919.

Being already a very experienced artist, he quickly came to understand the concept of a new direction in painting and this, of course, was reflected in his works. This explains the appearance of a new color interpretation of the image, the technique of lines and colorful spots. In addition, Kampendonk passed his enthusiasm for stained glass painting and was well versed in it, but did not imitate it in his paintings, but created a strong effect of stained glass writing.

All lines in the picture have a clear beginning and end, no curled, looping and curving lines, all rectangular, angular, clearly spelled out with softened turns and volumes.

Trees have completely unusual colors of blue, red, white, yellow. Branches and leaves correspond to geometric definition with softened lines.

The painting also reflected an infantile attitude towards animals with notes of a biblical bias and a pantheistic philosophical context about the brotherhood of man and nature.

This picture does not create a feeling of anxiety or protest, on the contrary, it involves a person in communication with the natural world. So the artist portrayed a man in the forest, stroking forest animals.

Kampendonk portrayed three creatures of similar gazelles and gazelles on roofing deer, but he didn’t deprive them of color either. The red closest to the viewer lies on the ground, the second, which is stroked by a man, is brown with a strip of pink in the middle of the body. At some distance, the largest of them, the yellow one, was painted with a coarser drawing of the features of the muzzle, which gives the impression that it is a male. He does not reach for the man’s hands, he just watches him.

To date, the picture of Heinrich Kampendonka "In the Forest" is in the Detroit Institute of the Arts in Michigan in the United States.





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