He did it again! For years, the Steyr artist Erich Fröschl’s most faithful companions in his artistic work were watercolors and etching needles. Now, after many successful years as a printmaker and watercolourist, he has again resorted to “oil paints” and bristle brushes in order to create a “Memento mori” cycle straight away, the depth of which can hardly be surpassed.
What looks like an attractive still life at first glance turns out to be an artistic tightrope walk between realistic-figural objectivity and structural resolution, with a touch of abstraction. As if that weren’t enough, Fröschl allows fruits and plants to shine in their most lush ripeness in order to pay tribute to the inevitable transience somewhere hidden on the edge or inside. A late work with well-known enthusiasm, indeed, but peppered with a touch of melancholy and late autumnal melancholy.
“Farbentau”, Steyr, Galerie Steyrdorf, Sierninger Straße 14. On view until the end of January 2023 on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (loc)