Out of the Blues into the Blue

Out of the Blues into the Blue

I’m still working on my exhibition on the subject of Covid-19 and have now started a few works that are not so abstract. Symbolism, archetypal elements, and an often stronger emphasis on the painterly are again in the foreground.

out of the blues: ウィーンの芸術家フリードリヒ・ツェットルの絵画
Out of the Blues into the Blue – after the 3rd lockdown

This is also the case with this picture Out of the Blues into the Blue: An old man (who by chance also looks very similar to me) leaves his cave, turning his back on the world. His clothing can be the fur of a caveman as well as that of a monk. Ballast is pushed aside and clears the way to the blue of the sea and the sky.

Perhaps the picture is a little too melodramatic, but a good mood is powerful in its own way.

Back from Morocco. More of this at landscape paintings | power, elegance and savageness


22 responses to “Out of the Blues into the Blue”

  1. Dawn Pisturino avatar

    For some reason, Moses came immediately into my mind. Very nice painting. Blue is my favorite color, and I like this painting very much.

    1. Zettl avatar

      Thank you for your response! Yes, of course, the thought of Moses comes to mind. For me, however, this sharing of the floods through Moses is an archetypal phenomenon and less of a miracle from the Christian West. But everyone sees something different in a picture, according to their mental attitude, knowledge of art …..

  2. Martha Kennedy avatar

    I don’t think the painting is at all melodramatic. The figure seems small, strong, determined and maybe pretty sure he’s up against something that might be beyond his strength. His footwear aren’t the best for a task like this which is an important detail (to me) saying we just have the tools we have at any given moment. Sisyphus is the archetype that comes to my mind when I see the figure as pushing against the rocks. BUT I also see a figure struggling to climb up to see beyond the rocks. The image is vague enough to offer the viewer a lot to think about.

  3. Zettl avatar

    Thank you Martha! Your professional eye immediately caught an important point: the shoes. Sandals? Fixed shoes? Barefoot? Add a shadow?

    You know Goethe’s sentence: “2 hearts beat, oh, in my chest”. Even as a teenager, I thought to myself: It’s good, ONLY 2 hearts.

    Sysiphus struggles with his stone and again I thought to myself: ONLY 1 stone …..

    BTW: For many years I often had the following dream: I was stuck in a narrow pit made entirely of gravel and I tried to fight my way up. And just as I got to the top, the gravel gave way and I slid back onto the ground. A friend then reminded me that this was of course a Sysiphus symbol. Soon afterwards the dream phase stopped.

    1. Martha Kennedy avatar

      Very interesting dream and interesting (and to me new) quote from Goethe. The Blue — thought of Valery’s poem, “Palme” of which I really only know 4 lines and they are:

      “Patience, patience.
      Patience dans l’azur
      chaque atome de silence
      est la chance d’un fruit mûr!” I guess that’s what keeps Sysiphus pushing…

      1. Zettl avatar

        What a beautiful poem.I wouldn’t have been surprised if it was a Zen Buddhist poem.

      2. Martha Kennedy avatar

        Those guys — the French symbolists — wrote so much beautiful and compelling stuff. This poem is much longer. Don’t get the idea that my French is good enough for this… It’s not.


      3. Zettl avatar

        Thank you for the link! I sure will check. I always liked Paul Valery a lot – but only read a few poems. And don’t worry, my French also doesn’t allow reading the original. But it helps to get a better understanding – sometimes 😉

      4. Martha Kennedy avatar

        I do that, too. I check back from an English translation. I’m glad, at least, I can do that, thanks to French films. 🙂

      5. Zettl avatar

        Learning a language by watching films is one of the best ways. If one is on a low level it helps to watch the film in ones native language and afterwards the original. People from northern European countries speak such a good English. One of the reasons: even on TV they very often broadcast without translations.

      6. Martha Kennedy avatar

        Subtitles work well, too. I didn’t even realize I had been teaching myself French until (long ago) I was in Death Valley and some French tourists wanted my ex-husband to tell them about our Peugeot 505 sti (great car). Suddenly I was translating for him. He’d taken French in high school and could speak a little, but his listening comprehension wasn’t great.

      7. Zettl avatar

        I just want to tell you that I “trashed” your comment instead of liking it. Now I even can’t blame my poor French 🙂

      8. Martha Kennedy avatar

        Ha ha ha! Oh well! It was probably REALLY important and profound, too! 😉

      9. Zettl avatar

        All stored in my big brain and that’s what really counts…:)

  4. swabby429 avatar

    I see existential struggle.

    1. Zettl avatar

      Thank you! But the guy in the middle is stronger than the rocks. Well trained over the years 🙂

  5. Deborah Gregory avatar

    Fantastic! For me, Plato’s “Allegory of The Cave” also comes to mind. Emerging from the darkness of lockdown, blinded by the light (however defined). Out of the Blues into the Blue. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Zettl avatar

      Thank you for your lines! I am glad that you like your work! Yes, Plato’s “Allegory of The Cave” sure makes sense. For about a year now I’ve been reading a lot from ancient Greek philosophers and playwrights. Of course, it all comes into play in one way or another. Above all, my preoccupation with C. G. Jung’s archetypes cannot be ignored.

  6. mic avatar

    👌👌👌🖼️ perfect theme

    1. Zettl avatar

      Many thanks! I am happy you like it!

  7. Estela Foderé avatar
    Estela Foderé

    Un placer para mis ojos observar tus pinturas. Felicitaciones. Saludos desde la patagonia argentina

    1. Zettl avatar

      Muchas gracias por tus amables palabras! Me alegra que disfrutes de mi trabajo.

      Saludos desde la fría Viena a la Patagonia!

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