A sparkling constellation: two works by Willy Valier (1920 – 1968) adorn Room No. 102. The abstract paintings of animals depicting fish and birds were done around 1957 (mixed technique on paper). Valier adopted this style in his early works, outlining a vision straddling the fantastical and the figurative, as revealed in these two works.
The commodious room gives the pictures plenty of space to take effect. Their wealth of detail fascinates and stimulates the guest to peruse the works more closely. The best place to do this is on the cosy couch placed on a blue “Gabbeh” carpet. The colour of the bed’s headboard matches the pictures and in the representation of a griffon, conjures up a further mythical creature.
Opposite Valier’s works the wall is embellished with a work by Anselm Feuerbach (1829 – 1880). Together with Hans von Marées and Arnold Böcklin the artist was one of the three great “German Romans” and saw the expression of his classical ideal of a woman in Goethe’s “Iphigenie”. The model for his 1862 work of the same name, “Iphigenie”, executed in charcoal and gouache was his muse Nanna.