Workshop: "Vanitas Vanitatum"
- 1 Motiv: "Vanitas vanitatum"
- 2 Some words about the tradition of Vanitas-Paintings or "Memento mori"
- 3 Vanitas es el término latino
- 4 Motiv: "Court of honour"
- 5 3D-Version
- 6 Links
Motiv: "Vanitas vanitatum"
There are gigantic exhibition halls, where tiny exhibits have to be “pimped” to attract visitors to look at. To ensure that this strategy works out as required, there are experienced professionals and very specific criteria. One of the most famous, but sober, known statements of Andy Warhol once announced: "It`s a saddening fact, but today true art is just sold as a laundry detergent....". But when it comes to true art enthusiasts, the “gourmets” among the collectors and gallery owners who prefer sole hand-picked quality they choose in a deifferent way. For those, the masterpieces of the artist are more important than just grandiose presentation and intrusive marketing. Among these is the Kassel gallerist Frank Steinmetz.
As a "self-confessed" Freemason it was natural for him to invite one of the most prominent German artists from their own ranks, as Jens Rusch also belongs to what Masons call their "chain of brotherhood."
Rusch, over the years, has won many awards. His works hang in State Chancelleries, public halls and his bronze statues can be found in public places. One of the leading art experts, Prof Dr Endruweit once announced “Rusch to be one of the most renowned artists in northern Germany."
The range of his work is very varied and apart illustrations to classic literature, such as the "Ghost Rider" by Theodor Storm and Goethe's "Faust" also works to Arno Schmidt, one of the most blatant word creators of postwar German literature and Oskar Panizza, or Shakespeare's "The storm ". Dominant all works of Jens Rusch is this very special and distinct painterly naturalism and often surreal vision with which he tries to explain his world and its deeper meaning.
Understandable that such an artist with his very special perceptions and very own artistic conditions, the iconographic universe must appear Masonic symbolism as key challenges. Thus, in addition known Masonic subjects also "vanitas symbols" like hourglass and skull, as reminders of the transience of human existence can be found in different fashion on his works like other hidden sysmbols which can be discovered by the open eyed viewer or even just a Freemason. Rusch, survivor a serious cancer disease reflects his experience with the desease and his life in that time, and thus it is not surprising that the turmoil of this phase of life is reflected in other paintings.
But he also knows how to paint out the gloom of these ways of thinking just into the light and beauty of being, which is certainly a true Masonic attitude. With a smile and a twinkle he often adds wit and sarcasms into his unique pieces of art.
Idee und Skizze
Leinwandskizze und Hintergrundstruktur
Some words about the tradition of Vanitas-Paintings or "Memento mori"
Vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary art, with most surviving examples in sculpture. By the 15th century these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect, and as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there. Paintings executed in the vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. They also provided a moral justification for many paintings of attractive objects. Common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death; smoke, watches, and hourglasses, which symbolize the brevity of life; and musical instruments, which symbolize brevity and the ephemeral nature of life.There is debate among art historians as to how much, and how seriously, the vanitas theme is implied in still-life paintings explicit masonical imagery such as a skull, square and compass. As in much moralistic genre painting, the enjoyment evoked by the sensuous depiction of the subject is in a certain conflict with the moralistic message.
Vanitas es el término latino
Vanitas es el término latino, que puede traducirse por vanidad, que designa una categoría particular de bodegón, de alto valor simbólico, un género muy practicado en la época barroca, particularmente en Holanda.
Su título y su concepción se relacionan con un pasaje del Eclesiastés: vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas (vanidad de vanidades, todo es vanidad). El mensaje que pretende transmitir es la inutilidad de los placeres mundanos frente a la certeza de la muerte, animando a la adopción de un sombrío punto de vista sobre el mundo. Es, al mismo tiempo, un elemento esencial en el surgimiento del bodegón como género individual.