It blooms in brilliant orange and red at the edge of the path, in pastures and wheat fields, attracts bees and bumblebees and lends the summer its typical face. However, field poppy does not charm only with its radiant colour, but also through its large, exceedingly delicate, aromatic blooms, which throne on dainty stems. It is a true beauty and inspired the painter Siegward Sprotte to many plant portraits.
Flowers are among the fixed repertoire of his oeuvre, and the painter, who was also close friends with the well-known perennial gardener Karl Foerster (1874-1970), found no end of stimulation and any number of splendid motifs right in front of his own front door in his own garden in Kampen on Sylt.
He presents his poppy painting from 1987 in a nearly square format, contrasts the dominant orange and light-red blossoms with the complementary tone of the green of leaves and stems. The artist trusts in extensive simplification and an emphasised use of cropping. He evenly covers the image space, radiating out from the centre, with a full-format, carpet-like all-over that can be imagined extending beyond the edge of the painting. In this way, his motif is condensed to concentrated, close-up, pure painting.
“I have been developing the painting from the centre for a number of years now", is how the artist formulated it. "In the East, one painted from top to bottom, in the West from bottom to top. The painter who paints to all sides simultaneously, starting from a centre, must leave Western and Eastern conventions behind him: Background and foreground grow without a temporary predominance of one over the other.”
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