(Nieder-Rosenthal near Reichenberg/district of Liberec 1874–1960 Vienna)
Currently on display at OG4
Like many artists of Viennese Modernism, the painter, graphic artist and designer Bertold Löffler (1874–1960) left behind a rich and varied oeuvre. Löffler created this oil painting in 1914 using an expressive coloring based on the central color value of green. For his composition, he chose the typical painting format of Viennese Jugendstil – the square. Employing thick black contours and a simplified manner of depiction oriented on folk art, Löffler depicted a small boy in costume with an enormous flower basket, which is almost as tall as the “little gardener” himself. The entire motif is embedded into a hilly landscape. In the background, we see an idyllic castle ruin sitting enthroned on a cliff. Together with the flowers, it is meant to symbolize the transience of all earthly things.