diffuse light

under ice painting by friedrich zettl

a few recent works on diffuse light

Since I’ve been painting a lot about Corona lately, I think it’s better to take a little distance and reflect on the whole thing after a while and maybe continue with it. I have enough work for my exhibition on this subject.

Some time ago I started to summarize my tributes to artists who have shaped me on one page. [homage]. When I started thinking again about who it was, Lyonel Feininger came back to me. I have never painted in his style or taken inspiration from his work, but for me, he stood and still stands for an essential concept: light.

The last time I thought of him was when I was visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona a few years ago. If you’ve been there, you know this incredible light in the cathedral. Feininger understood like no other how to capture this kind of light: the light we encounter in churches and cathedrals is somewhat diffuse, “sacred”, mysterious, uplifting, and comforting….

painting hommage a Lyonel Feininger


Partly in my last series on Corona and snow, I started playing with the light of winter. After a few works dealing primarily with snow and frozen water surfaces, another view came to mind where the viewer is looking at the light from beneath the ice sheet.


In my new works on this, I first wanted to capture something of the quality of this light. In another sheet, I attempted to capture more of a diffuse, mystical quality. (offered at artmajeur)
This smaller work is economical in color and drama, which supports the stated aspirations. At the same time, it also plays with calligraphic elements.

diffuse light by Friedrich Zettl

Zettl Fine Arts

paintings graphics calligraphy

4 comments on “diffuse light

The combination of frozen water and light is fascinating. From hoarfrost in trees to encrusted windows, the possibilities are endless.

Thank you! Yes, many possibilities, but it seems easier than it is, especially if you want to implement the idea embedded in a personal concept of art. At least for me 🙂

👌👌👌🖼️ excellent

Thank you very much! I am happy you like it!

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