Sprotte often got up very early in the morning to look at the magnificent sky on the tidal flats at sunrise. This resulted in works full of spontaneity and openness. Characteristic of Sprotte’s work is the continuous painting on empty surfaces without corrections. Immediacy is of decisive importance for his art. This results in works with no representationality whatsoever. Nonetheless, or probably for precisely this reason, a landscape appears directly before the inner eye in the immediate visibility of the painting. The artist does not represent the landscape he sees, but instead brings the concentrate of that experienced and seen to the image carrier in an expressive characteristic style, so to speak.
With this method of painting, the artist, born in Potsdam in 1913, eludes all isms of any kind and thus creates a perfectly autonomous kind of art. In his works, Sprotte generates an intensively atmospheric chromaticism that immediately captivates. Neither a reproduction nor a recreation of that seen are of importance for Sprotte. He is much more interested in pure painting.
“One must move oneself like a swell, then it becomes a swell”, is one of Sprotte’s many statements about his own work. This statement makes clear the extent to which Sprotte related to that seen. The empathy with his so beloved northern German landscape was the foundation for his artistic creation. “I love living in landscapes where heaven and earth touch one another. Originally it is not the sea landscape I seek, but the see landscape.”
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