Kunsterniert - The Paintings of Roland Petermann
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“In art only one thing matters - that which remains inexplicable.“
(Georges Braque)
The artist, Roland Petermann:

“I paint mysterious allegorical female figures. Pop-Art, Impressionism, American Realismů The soulmates of my art are many, but the essence of my paintings is a modern Symbolism. I reinterpret icons, symbols and concepts that range from the Bible to Pulp Fiction and from Circe to Catwoman. They express my very own interpretation of what moves the human mind and soul.“

E-mail: rolandpetermann@gmx.ch

“I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.“

(Claes Oldenburg)
Symbolist painters emphasized emotion and imagination. They used a figurative, illustrative style with intriguing symbols and colours to depict the depth and mysteries of the human soul. Symbolist paintings often contain figures and scenes that refer to the Bible or ancient myths and legends. Symbolism influenced other movements like Art Nouveau, Surrealism and Pop-Art.

Famous representatives and associates of Symbolism:

Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901), William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918), Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Franz von Stuck (1863-1928)

taken seriously

Art is too serious a matter to be taken seriously.

(Ad Reinhardt)

no longer modern

A language not based on universal symbols or sensations is gibberish, a pitfall of modern art, no longer modern.

(Nelson Shanks)

what you do next

When making a painting, only one thing counts: what you do next.

(Darby Bannard)

the critic

Painting is the art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

(Ambrose Bierce, -The Devil's Dictionary, 1911)

the hard bit

Painting is easy, getting it right is the hard bit.

(Danny Byrne)


Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one‘s sensations.

(Paul Cezanne)

he spoils it

It takes two to paint. One to paint, the other to stand by with an axe to kill him before he spoils it.

(William Merritt Chase)

between things

I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

(Henri Matisse)

when you do

Painting is easy when you don‘t know how, but very difficult when you do.

(Edgar Degas)

upon me

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.

(Henri Matisse)

it does

Paint as if your soul depended on it and you may discover that it does!

(Linda Saccoccio)


Only bad painters enjoy painting.

(Cecil Collins)


The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again.

(William Faulkner)


Art is not the representation of the real world. One is, by God, more than enough.

(Virginia Woolf)


A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.

(Paul Gardner)

know art

Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art.

(Wynetka Ann Reynolds)

a woman

Women are mysterious and fascinating. Why then should I ever prefer painting a flowerpot to a portrait of a woman?


and a thing

Painting is a mysterious process, hovering strangely between a thought and a thing.

(Arthur Maderson)


There is in every artist's studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the artist's discipline prevailed against his imagination.

(Robert Brault)

everything else

Art is art. Everything else is everything else.

(Ad Reinhardt)

stand back

To paint is to know how to put nothing on the canvas, and have it look like something when you stand back.

(Robert Henri)


Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

(Gilbert K. Chesterton)


Love and Art do not embrace beauty but what they embrace becomes beautiful.

(Karl Kraus)

a better idea

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.

(John Ciardi)

a certain order

Remember that a picture [...] is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order.

(Maurice Denis)

eyes are closed

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

(Albert Einstein)

around him

Should he [the painter], however, see nothing within himself, he should refrain from painting what he sees around him.

(Caspar David Friedrich)

the very last

Art is what remains after everything about it has been analysed to the very last.

(Martin Kessel)