1994 – Counting at Riesengebirge

Counting at Riesengebirge

Oil on canvas and altimeter

Morning in the Riesengebirge is an 1810 painting, 108 x 170 cm, by Caspar David Friedrich. I painted a copy trying to be as precise as possible, using quite labour intensive veiling techniques. The time and effort offered to the painting was no justified by the mystical devotion to something supreme, because at the top of the central mountain, where Friedrich put a crucifixion, I installed an altimeter. It was shown in many places (everybody likes paintings) and finally sold to a museum in Burgos, a religious and mountainous province of Spain.