Hades and Sibyl



    The expansive, multiply varnished space of splotches, shapes, prisms and

    vistas, the Lord of Darkness' dark silhouette rises in the upper right

    quadrant: a portrait bust, shown in profile. It points inside the space

    without looking, isolated in color and thus dominating its surroundings,

    rising above it, dominating the space completely: A king without a throne,

    without attributes, without servants.


    The power of this opaque profile is in the painting technique: the profile's

    area is clearly countered against the surroundings, unambiguously defined,

    unified in color. The rest of the space, with all nuances, is subordinate,

    oriented towards this fixed point.


    Between the formal tension of the weave of color and the bust's solid shape,

    'Hades' achieves harmonic balance. 



    The relation to Hades is apparent in the Diptych.  Here, too, we find a

    silhouette that rises on the right, shrouded in bright clouds of color,

    anchoring the image thematically.


    Similarly to “Hades”, the canvas is split into various overlapping regions

    of color that connect the areas. Sibyl's bust offers clarity of spatial

    relations with respect to above/below, foreground/background, without taking



Dr. K. Keßler 2017