Hundert Wasser 'The Merry-Go-Round' - Framed Picture - 16"H x 12"W
An 16"H x 12"W framed picture of 'The Merry-Go-Round' by Hundert Wasser
Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist and architect who worked also in the field of environmental protection. His real name being Stowasser, his pseudonym Hundertwasser (by which he is known worldwide) comes from sto in Slavic languages, meaning "hundred".
He stood out as an opponent of "a straight line" and any standardization, expressing this concept in the field of building design. His best known work is considered Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna
After World war II , he spent three months at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. At this time he began to sign his art as Hundertwasser instead of Stowasser. He left to travel using a small set of paints he carried at all times to sketch anything that caught his eye. In Florence he met the French painter René Brô for the first time and they became lifelong friends.
Hundertwasser was fascinated by spirals, and called straight lines "godless and immoral" and "something cowardly drawn with a rule, without thought or feeling" He called his theory of art "transautomatism", focusing on the experience of the viewer rather than the artist.
In 1959 Hundertwasser got involved with helping the Dalai Lama escape from Tibet by campaigning for the Tibetan religious leader in Carl Laszlo's magazine Panderma.
In later years, operated as a more prominent opponent of the European Union, advocating the preservation of regional peculiarities.