In Room No. 306 the guest meets the artist Markus Vallazza, an inspired raconteur and creator of figures and stories. Essentially Vallazza is a drawer and graphic artist and his two works lend character to the cosy room.
The artist has always looked to great masters of the past such as Dürer, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Goya for inspiration. His multifaceted works are rich in imagery and contain references to literary works. His pictorial cosmos is rich in associations and references, strongly characterised by an autobiographical-existential streak: Vallazza’s work is inseparable from his life.
The subjects of Vallazza’s pictures are people and their dealings. In them he tells stories - or at least suggests them or induces us to begin searching for them. Vallezza’s pictures produced for Hotel Greif contain mythological references: in one to Adonis, Aphrodite’s lover, who here is robbed by Persephone through a griffin; in the other to Odysseus, who according to Dante’s vision ends up sinking into the sea.
The colours in the room tastefully harmonise with the art works, for example in the brocade fabric of the bed headboard, the carpet and the marble in the bathroom. This loving attention to detail is among the factors which account for the particular atmosphere pervading Hotel Greif.
Vallazza’s works are complemented by the pencil drawing by Josef Danhauser titled “Two dancing girls”. Danhauser (1805 – 1845) was among the leading painters of the Viennese Biedermeier movement. His main works feature images from Austrian history and genre pictures with scenes from bourgeois society.