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Day sketches and paintings by Thomas Freundner

Drawing every day? Day after day, year after year, always on location, in all weathers? Thomas Freundner did it, for over five years. For two years now, he has no longer done it slavishly every day, but still almost every day. Making a daily sketch has become an integral part of his everyday life and he has now created well over 2,000 daily sketches.


Initially in 37 sketchbooks, and since the beginning of 2021 on hundreds of individual A4 sheets. All the flimsy reasons why he didn't sketch in the past (no time today, too cold, rain, no good light, etc.) are simply no longer valid and this gives him incredible freedom. The question is no longer whether to draw today, but what? A busy intersection in the city, with lots of people, or a few birch trees in the forest, a royal castle, a dilapidated building. "I often don't know what I'm looking for until I find it. Some composition of form, color and light that attracts me, captures me, makes me linger...that I want to take with me and about which I then always learn an incredible amount while drawing." Finding beauty in the ordinary every day. Whether colored with watercolor or with a few pencil strokes and a little hatching, Freundner creates a visual diary comprising thousands of pages.

He takes a similar approach with his oil paintings and watercolors. Here, too, his aim is to capture the mood of the light, to take this view, this very personal impression with him and what he can somehow drag into the forest, or anywhere else, he therefore also paints pleinair.

"At some point I read about an exhibition at the Pomona Temple on the Pfingstberg. That interested me. I still knew the Belvedere as a romantic ruin, where my girlfriend at the time (and now wife) had forbidden me to go during the GDR era. When I stood there again, it was clear where I wanted to draw. It's an incredible, magical place, and I became more and more aware of that as I drew many times. Drawing up here, again and again, did something to me. The Pfingstberg gets under your skin and not just when the view is "beautiful". Even in rain, fog or snow, when hardly anyone goes there, the atmosphere up here is unique..."
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Dates
April 2024
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