The colourful, vibrant works by the artist Klaus Stephan immediately catch the eye upon entering Room No. 103, adding contour to the room and exciting curiosity. Stephan is a sketcher, water colour and oil painter. He applies these traditional mediums in a completely individual and absolutely contemporary manner.
His method of working and his subject matter evoke a truly special kind of sensuality into which the guest can immerse him or herself. The clear intensity of Stephan’s colours is particularly striking. It lends a noteworthy intensity to the relationship of figures and inner room. Among the room’s furnishings the comfy red reading chair placed on a yellow and red “Gabbeh” carpet provides an interesting counterweight to the expressive pictures.
The work of Rudolf Wacker (1893 – 1939) is no less quickening and haunting even though it is in monochrome. His charcoal drawing “Frau am Tisch” (Woman at the table) was executed around 1935. He changed from Expressionism to the New Objectivity in 1923 and became the movement’s most notable exponent in Austria. Nevertheless he continued to search for spontaneous expression in his drawings, including in “Frau am Tisch”.