THE SEELOW HEIGHTS IN THE EARLY HOURS OF APRIL 16
150 (w) x 120 (h) x 2 cm
acrylic and oil on canvas
16th of April 1945... Seelow, a small German town, seat of the Märkisch-Oderland in Brandenburg, at the western site of the Oderbruch, only 70 km (40 miles) east of Berlin. This area was the location of the Battle of the Seelow Heights between the Soviet Army and the German Wehrmacht from 16-19 April 1945. The last extensive battle of World War II in the field, the collapse of the German east front, the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin. More than one million mainly Belorussian and German men on both parts of the front. The outgoing of the war was already obvious, only a question of weeks, maybe days. But they attacked the heights 4 days and nights, defended the defensive position with last resolution. The pictures remain: the senselessness of senseless dying, the apathy of death, the mechanism of war, blame and innocence, order and obedience, the pictures of glory, fame, but also megalomania and crime... that all against the background of the beautiful Brandenburgian nature in spring.
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I use exclusively oil and acrylic colours, canvas and wooden frames in a professional museum quality. The painting wears my signature on the front and is signed, entitled and dated on the backside. Deliberately the sides (about 2 cm wide) are not part of the painting and show the white "naked" canvas (nice contrast to the colour of the painting). The painting is ready to hang (on the backside: high-quality iron plates with metal inserts and nylon rope for gallery use), unframed and doesn’t need a frame or any additional surface treatment. The piece will be safely shipped in a custom wooden crate. It will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a cover letter and my poem (written for this painting) as an additional part of the artwork.
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oil and acrylic on canvas