At last. Relaxation. And real boobs.
Ernst Fuchs is a contemporary painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, architect, stage designer, composer, poet, singer and one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism – which combines techniques of Old Masters with modern symbolism. (But if it’s real, how can it be fantastic?)
For instance in Judith, the symbolism is rich.
- Setting: the tropics of either Mayan Mexico or temples of south-east Asia. Either way, it is hot and steamy.
- Temples in the background: places of worship … and sacrifice.
- Sphinx or Moai: benevolent guardians of the temples.
- Angel: a spiritual guide and protector.
- Figure in the boat: crossing the water, crossing over, crossing the River Styx to death.
- Judith on the bed: sensual and languishing – definitely not sleeping or sick.
- Sword in her hand: phallic symbol (duh!) but also power to rule and power to sever.
- Holofernes under the bed: in hiding and horrified. So close to calling for help, but it is too late.
- Aqua telephone with extra earpiece: agent of communication but also spying. Obviously belongs to Judith because it has a distinctively feminine color.
- Rose: love and beauty – keeping a secret (derived from the Roman practice of placing a rose on the door when confidences were exchanged) – blushing with shame upon Adam and Eve’s fall from grace – socialism or social democracy. Pick one.
Put is all together and you get … a hot mess.