The Overpainting, 1996, by Felix Gmelin |
After Arnulf Rainer (1973) and Arnulf Rainer? (1994) Oil on canvas, 110 x 91 cm
'At first I was shocked and depressed, then I was angry, and now I am in despair,' said Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer, 65, after 42 of his paintings were destroyed by an unknown perpetrator in September last
From Art Magazin 1/1995
A destroyer of his own pictures? Arnulf Rainer, who became known for painting over motifs by himself and other painters, apparently destroyed a large number of his own paintings himself, contend the police in Vienna. They say the artist himself is the only person who could have had the time to paint colour and slogans over canvases stored in his own studio. The artist describes the police report as a 'document of helplessness.'
From Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (DPA), February 11, 1995
Soon it will be possible to look at the destroyed paintings. Rainer has announced that the paintings will be exhibited at the Art Academy in Vienna.
From Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 17, 1995