Exhibition with paintings of
Herbert F. Rauh
Wagner in Munich 1864/1865
Künstlerhaus am Lenbachplatz - Clubetage
10.10.2021 - 17.10.2021
Opening on 09.10.2021 at 3 p.m.
Musical accompaniment: Tobias Jackl (Piano)
The artist Herbert Rauh known under the name "der Regenmaler" (the rain-painter) ventures to come forward with a new cycle of paintings under the motto: Wagner – Munich 1864/65 – Ludwig II focussing on the short but intense time that Richard Wagner spent in Munich. He already presented the cyles "Richard Wagner – the Revolutionary" (Keyword Wagner) and "A Ring without an Opera" (Altes Schloss, Bayreuth 2018). Rauh concentrates first on Crown Prince Ludwig as a young man. He chooses for his paintings incidents that are "told" to him by his models through quotations and puts them on paper or canvas in his technique: ink/rain/watercolour. The quotations grow into titles, titles that concentrate on the time of the so called "Königsfreundschaft" in Munich. Rauh tries to captivate in his portaits of the two "lovers" the first careful approach and also the symbiotic relationship. His special technique sustains the moments of merging, of becoming one. Rauh also points out Ludwig as the generous patron and even paints him laughing – no, that is too much for Ludwig II – he is smiling benevolently. The circumstances that accompanied the premiere of "Tristan und Isolde" are also included. Another important clue in Wagners life in Munich can be circumscribed as "intrigue and love".