Carl Spitzweg is the topic of the day and let me explain why.
I’ve been sharing a lot of street art with you over the years, but what about kitschy art?
Yeah, see, somehow that went under the radar. So, in the spirit of making lists I’ve picked a fine selection of kitschy artists. One for each month of the year.
Unfortunately, the commons are a bit stingy with nice pictures for most of those. I am yet to figure out, how to deal with that. I truly believe in copyright and blogging from Germany, I probably shouldn’t use quotes from people who aren’t dead for 80 years in the first place. Still, we need a bit more color in our lives.
Now back to Carl Spitzweg
He was a Romanticist painter and lived between 1808 and 1885.
German Romanticism has a lot to ask for in terms of kitsch, if you ask me. Oh, it is just dripping with cheesy symbolism to the point you wanna grab a cloth and clean up after it.
His chosen topics were the petit bourgeois, the weirdos and people with some sort of weakness. He was blessed with an eye for color, but from today’s standards, many of his pictures fall a bit flat. This in itself seems a problem with looking at older artworks, as he probably never intended to paint kitsch art. It is us and how we look at it from our frameworks. Is it really kitsch, if you produced an honest work of art? After all, he was a child of his time.
Hands up, if you know someone who has this painting in their house!
At the end of the day, art and kitsch are in the eye of the beholder. What I truly can call kitsch is artwork like this with the bear. Now wait, or is it a persiflage?
So please ladies and gentlemen help me out! Is this art or kitsch?
I may have opened Pandora’s box here…