“I often dream like Schiele, my father,” wrote the painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1951, “about flowers that are red, and birds and flying fish and gardens in velvet and emerald green and human beings who walk, weeping, in red-yellow and ocean-blue.” Hundertwasser, who died in 2000, was referring to the fin-de-siècle painter Egon Schiele, his inspiration and model. He kept Schiele’s work close, learned draftmanship from his drawings, and hung reproductions of Schiele’s work all around his home. This exhibition examines Hundertwasser’s work as a painter and designer, and shines a spotlight on his spiritual relationship with an artist of a different time. —E.C.
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