Alexander Ruthner
Cour: Sommer

Editor(s)

Philipp Haverkampf, Carolin Leistenschneider

Author(s)

Alexander Ruthner, Elisabeth von Samsonow

Design

Alexander Ruthner

Cover

Hardcover

Size

30 x 30 cm

Pages

64

Illustrations

20

Language(s)

German, English

ISBN

978-3-96912-054-5

Contemplating Nature in a Reduced-Mobility Environment

“The events of the year 2021, which was defined by lockdowns, the pandemic, and restrictions, has brought out the resonance in my pictures of Gustave Courbet’s realism,” Alexander Ruthner (b. Vienna, 1982; lives and works in Vienna) says about his most recent works: oil paintings featuring lush green vegetation and veritable down comforters painted all-over in saturated color gradients. The works will make their public début as the publication is released in the summer of 2021, hence the word “Sommer” in the title. The other word, “Cour,” is a nod to the first syllable of the French painter’s name as well as French for “court,” a term the artist creatively reinterprets as a synonym for the solitary “castle of the mind” to which we have retreated under pandemic conditions. Ruthner, who studied with Peter Kogler, Daniel Richter, and Albert Oehlen, revisits the boscage and pasture painting of past eras in new works that propose a distinctive personal interpretation of that tradition’s charm.

Alexander Ruthner’s work has been shown at Kunsthalle Wien, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the National Museum of Montenegro, among other venues.

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Editor(s)

Philipp Haverkampf, Carolin Leistenschneider

Author(s)

Alexander Ruthner, Elisabeth von Samsonow

Design

Alexander Ruthner

Cover

Hardcover

Size

30 x 30 cm

Pages

64

Illustrations

20

Language(s)

German, English

ISBN

978-3-96912-054-5

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