Gerne & Material
Where can I find this in Berlin?
The format of this picture is, apart from the main character, the first thing you notice. The picture only 12 cm wide and 38 cm high. The ratio of picture is laid out almost exactly 1:3. The contents of the picture also has the same ratio. A cloudless, light blue sky seemingly expands infinitely high over grassland. One notices the outline of a city on the horizon. It works perfectly as a dividing line between the grass, which takes up 1/3 of the picture and the sky that takes up 2/3 of the picture. A path meanders through the grass. A woman with her child in her arm wanders towards the observer with two boys and a little girl. One of the boys is walking ahead while a white dog jumps to his feet. He enthusiastically stretches his arm to the sky. If you follow the direction he is reaching in, you will notice a very delicate almost invisible string that separates the sky. A floating kite is attached to the other end of the string. It is not sure which kite the string is attached to. However there is only one seemingly experienced boy in the front who is visibly holding a string with one arm. To the side of him are a little boy and girl who watch the spectacle. The girl is either holding a baby or a doll. The grass itself isn’t fully green. It’s more of a brown shade like shortly after winter when all of the snow has melted or in autumn after the haymaking. The cloudless sky seems vernal and makes you wonder where the wind is coming from that is needed to fly a kite. However that question seems irrelevant in the light of the idyllic scene, the carefree days of youth and the words of Johann Wolfgang Goethe in his poem “Outside of the gate” : “(…) Now turn around from this height, looking backward, townward see. Forth from the cave-like, gloomy gate crowds a motley and swarming array. Everyone suns himself gladly today. The risen Lord they celebrate, for they themselves have now arisen from lowly houses’ mustiness, from handicraft’s and factory’s prison, from the roof and gables that oppress, from the bystreets’ crushing narrowness, from the churches’ venerable night, they are all brought out into light. (…)”. As much as the feeling of freedom overcomes the observer at the sight of the open sky, its counterpoint can be found in the smallness and fragility of a human being, who – like a floating dragon – is at the mercy of the play of nature. But in this instant, peace and lightness reign.
ART@Berlin: Carl Spitzweg – Flying the Kite