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German artist Gerhard Mantz did not necessarily strive to depict specific geographical locations. Rather, he called to mind a metaphor for a psychological state. At first glance, the images seem… Read more
Background Information about Gerhard Mantz
Using digital techniques, Gerhard Mantz created lush interpretations of landscapes. To realize his vision, he guided the viewer’s gaze over glossy lakes, sprouting plants, and treetops stretching into the sky. In this artificial nature, we discover some new, and some familiar elements that are reminiscent of Caspar David Friedrich’s famous words: “The painter’s task is not the realistic depiction of sky, water, rocks, and trees, but rather his soul; his feelings should be reflected in it.”
Mantz regularly travelled to Tenerife, where he drew inspiration from its Barrancos. These ravines were once created by flowing lava but are now rife with beautiful vegetation in the summertime. Mantz found a unique kind of beauty in wild growth of the rock fissures. “They twist and wind, become narrower and wider, and then at the end let you look out into the haze over the open sea,” the artist said. His works are not real places that exist, but the powerful distillation of an inner vision.