A major part of the effect of Hundertwasser's painting is colour. Hundertwasser uses colours instinctively, without associating them with a definite symbolism of even his own invention. He prefers intensive, radiant colours and loves to place complementary colours next to one another to emphasize the double movement of the spiral, for instance. He also likes to use gold and silver, which he pastes onto the picture in a thin foil.
Hundertwasser painted wherever he was, at home, in nature and on the road, in cafés and restaurants, on the train or on aeroplanes, in hotels or at the homes of friends or acquaintances he was visiting. He had no studio and did not paint at an easel, but instead spread the canvas or sheet of paper flat in front of him.
At one of the worldwide latest and greatest masterpieces of architecture by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, golden globes shine atop its towers, "tree tenants" look out of "dancing windows", scents waft from the wildflower meadows on the roofs, and "feet’s melodies" carry people through the courtyards. Hundertwasser’s "…greatest and most beautiful building…" is a paradise for everyone, inviting you not only to live, work or shop here, but also to meet, celebrate and stay the night.
Hundertwasser's original, unruly, sometimes shocking artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags and clothing among other things. The common themes in his work are a rejection of the straight line, bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism.
Frederick Hundertwasser's toilet was opened in a dawn ceremony. To Hundertwasser, a toilet is very special because you meditate in a toilet. Like a church. "The similarity is not so far fetched" - he says. Kawakawa was Hundertwasser's home for 25 years. Hundertwasser says straight lines are evil. There are no straight lines in the toilet. Only crooked beauty.
Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, 1983-86. [...] Note the tree growing out of window. He published a manifesto; 'Your window right – your tree duty' "A journey into the land of creative architecture where there are window rights and tree tenants and uncontrolled irregularities; uneven floors, woodlands on the roof, spontaneous vegetation and barriers of beauty..." Hundertwasser believed all tenants should have the right to reach out their window and paint their space as they wish.
The Hundertwasser-Haus is located in the 3rd Bezirk (district) of Vienna, around fifteen minutes' walk from the city centre. It is a social housing project, designed by the anti-modern artist-architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000). […] it has very few straight lines, green terraces at all levels, trees on the roofs, and pressnts an eccentric mix of styles. Completed in 1986, and housing 52 apartments, it follows many of Hundertwasser's design philosophies regarding health, creativity, nature and freedom.
Painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser has spread his colourful legacy all over Vienna. Hundertwasser house, 'KunstHausWien’ and community heating plant 'Spittelau’ catch the eye with their colourful tiling, mosaics, turrets, columns and onion shaped spires.
Since painting his first spiral in 1953 […] Hundertwasser had sealed his vision of the world and of his relationship with exterior reality. It was a relationship forged by osmosis, starting from successive levels of consciousness, and concentric to his inner self. The pictorial symbol illustrated the biological metaphor.
The most widely known contemporary artist in Austria is beyond question Friedrich Hunderwasser, probably the only living arrest ordinary Viennese know by name and can recognize
Friedensreich Hundertwasser - Master of unconventional architecture, architecture without straight lines or surfaces, completely assymetrical, with tortuous corridors, rounded-off corners, plants and trees growing on roofs and balconies.
Austrian artist and architectural creator Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, was known for his eccentric designs. Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, 1928, he attended the Montessori School in 1936. During the persecution of the Third Reich he lost all relatives on his Jewish mother’s side in the Nazi concentration camps. In 1949, as a reaction to the state of the world around him, he changed his name to Friedrich Hundertwasser, derived from a translation of the Slavic "Sto" (which means one hundred). In 1968 he changed his given name to Friedensreich ("abundance of peace") , and since then has added the words "Regentag (Rainy day) and "Dunkelbunt" ("Dark multi coloured') to his surname.