Psychology of a window, the Berghoff Villa

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Window views of historical people

Berghoff Window 30x40cm acryl charcoal etch needle on linnen 2013 by Alle Jong 785x581 Psychology of a window, the Berghoff Villa

Berghoff Window 30x40cm acryl charcoal & etch needle on linnen 2013 by Alle Jong

In a special series of artworks i portray windows trough which historical figures looked in their lives, what can we learn from these views once experienced by Nelson Mandela in his cel or the window in a writrs office? Two large scale works i made on linnen portray the window view of the mountain residence of Adolf hitler. Hitler lived beneath the Obersalzberg in his named: Berghof residence. It is believed Hitler loved to come to this mountain villa, he made importaint choices in this villa. One room inside the villa had a huge window looking out over the valley. When taking a view out of this window you could overestimate your own position against the world, the fantastic view gives freedom for the spectator to think bright, making you believe expectations of what could barrely be reached in life become more feasible.

7. The Psychology of a Window Berghoff view A.Hitler residence. 335 X 195 cm acryl pastel charcoal pure pigment on linnen 2013 2014. 785x464 Psychology of a window, the Berghoff Villa

The Psychology of a Window, Berghoff view, A.Hitler residence. 335 X 195 cm acryl, pastel, charcoal, pure pigment on linnen 2013-2014.

I made two paintings of this window, one as seen during the war (look below, blue mountain view). And made another one of thesame size, a period after the war when the residence was allready bombed and blew the window out. This second painting resembles a metaphor, showing an open frame were once the window bars were. Now open and with green mountains ahead, only a dark black border show the darkness that is inside, but freedom finally breathing outside, that war was over.

In my studio next to the painting of the berghof window against the wall stands a large portrait of a murdered girl, killed by the nazi’s during the war in a concentration camp. Se is facing the bars window form inside the villa. Trapped. Outside the window snow is falling down, the frame is falling over the world, a world trapped in horror, the tension to have these two works against each other is terrifying but true to history.

Window 28.5x17.5cm ink charcoal on paper 2013 Psychology of a window, the Berghoff Villa

Psychology of a window 300x150cm acryl on linnen 2013 1200x596 Psychology of a window, the Berghoff Villa