Andreas Felger, untitled, 2008
Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm © AFKS
40 x 40 cm


Light, aquatic blue plumbs the format vertically and horizontally in calm lines, capturing our gaze as a grid structure: In haptic condensation seemingly close enough to touch, this cool blue at the same time eludes us as a colour tone of distance. Fragments of red-yellow-orange flash warmly through, mosaically combining with the pre-faded blue grid to form a material rapport, a multi-dimensional spatiality.

Rhythmically set, the traces of colour in lively interplay form a loose basic structure of interweaving, overlapping and interpenetration – the association of textile fabric is obvious. A densely composed tension field of colour nuances immerses the composition in an all-encompassing pictorial light. A mother-of-pearl oscillation unfolds, allowing our gaze to oscillate between the spatial dimensions. Starting from subtle colour contrasts and complementary colour tones, the impression of subliminal movement is created, an impression of inner liveliness that is transmitted to the viewer.

In front of our eyes and in our bodily sensation, the perception of a vital, pulsating and at the same time ambivalent pictorial reality is formed, located between polychrome transparency and a colour material pointing to the substantial, which moves between tangible proximity and distancing. Colouristic interrelationships and condensations thus allow a colour space to take shape that communicates itself as a perceived depth dimension. Perhaps an implicit invitation to dive into the colour spaces that open up? By entering into the subliminal dynamics of the pulsating colour spaces, we feel involved, we become co-actors in the artist’s pictorial reality. Associatively, not narratively, Andreas Felger, a master of colour, opens up wide spaces of interpretation in his late works. He speaks to us abruptly – in the language of his colour, springing from an inner necessity.

Text by Marion Vogt

Marion Vogt received her doctorate after studying art history with a dissertation on the late work of Edgar Degas. From 1998 to 2004 she was employed as a research assistant at the Saarland Museum Saarbrücken. This was followed by various activities in the fields of art management and communication. In 2018, she was interim managing director and academic director of the Andreas Felger Kulturstiftung. She has published on painting, graphics and sculpture from the 19th century to the present.