One needs to take time to appreciate Reisigl’s art. And look very closely: faces and bodies appear to peel away from the canvasses. The painter has produced two pictures for Room No. 206 in which he examines the human body.
Reisigl deals completely freely with the body and turns it into an object to mould to his requirements. Ultimately the body becomes an object: in Reisigl’s work its portrayal it is dictated by the needs of the painting. Reisigl encourages us to reflect on physicality and the expressive power of the body.
The artist has chosen light colours for his two works, colours which harmonise with the gold of the silk curtains, the bright furniture and the brocade on the bed headboard. A sumptuous dark blue “Gabbeh” carpet earths the bright reading chair. On drawing back the curtains the visitor is greeted with the bustling Walther-Platz square viewed through lush green foliage.
An old master hangs above the desk in Room No. 206: Ernst Nepo (1895 – 1971) produced the charcoal drawing “Gewandfigur” (robed female figure) in 1925. His early work shows influences of the Expressionist and Cubist styles. Around the mid 1920s he turned his attention towards the New Objectivity movement and became its main exponent in Tyrol.