Everyone knows the hypnotic landscape paintings of caspar david friedrich – romantic painting par excellence, created with meticulously applied craftsmanship. Not all modern artists cultivate these old-fashioned techniques; indeed, after the second world war, realistic, representational art generally fell into disrepute.
Such considerations hardly play a role for wolf schmidt; he keeps away from the discourse of art theory. Realism is practically in the genes of the sudbadener born in 1948. For the architect with a doctorate, any dream images and unworldly abstractions were probably an imposition. And so in his own work he sticks to familiar subjects and preserved procedures – and thus in a kind of retro art again creates surprising visionary experiences.
Schmidt creates the beautiful. Beauty has no purpose. And yet some of his watercolors have served the preservation of beauty. When the master builder came to bamberg in 1980 after studying and spending time abroad, he was employed by the state office for the preservation of historical monuments in western lower franconia, z.B. Karlstadt, competent. The fronts between homeowners and their authorities were hardened. His paintings, anticipations of the final view, convinced the owners of problematic renovation cases to try renovation – and they, like the preservationists, were satisfied.