The portfolio gives an overview of Friedrich Zettl’s artistic oeuvre. It shows his early western-style paintings, his work in the China years 1978-1985 and afterward. Since 2020, the focus has been on works that combine modern Western art with traditional Asian concepts of art.
short videos introducing Zettl’s artwork and playlists related to art and culture.
Friedrich Zettl was the first European who was allowed to study at the Central Art Academy in Beijing after the Cultural Revolution.
During his second study visit, he researched Chinese painting and wrote his dissertation on it.
Zettl had previously dealt with Western-style painting, especially Expressionism. He had exhibited these works in European countries. By studying traditional Chinese painting, his focus shifted and Asian thinking has played a large part in his work ever since.
Above all, the philosophy and technique of Chinese calligraphy characterize his brushwork and composition. In addition, Zettl is closely connected to Daoism and Zen Buddhism, which is clearly expressed in his work.
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