126 years have passed since the opening of the famous Neuschwanstein castle to the public and since the death of Ludwig II of Bavaria that year; 90 years ago precisely Franz Kafka started to work on his last and longest novel The Castle, published in 1926. Two years ago, just after having finished reading of this Kafka’s novel I decided to re-work and put on canvas the image I have been working with several times before once agian. The beauty of Neuschwanstein castle I visited in 2007 was in such contrast with the heavy atmosphere of the novel that I get myself to work immediately trying to put these two inspirations together. Well, I know that Warhol and Richter did already a very good job on theme of this caslte but still this has showed itself as a quiet challenging issue to handle with. What I focused on mainly was a “Deceptions are more frequent than changes” quote from the Kafka’s unfinished opus. The result was rather late-19th-century-like bourgeois painting I’m very proud of.
In contrast to this, some 3 years later, I got back to the theme of Neuschwanstein, this time approaching it in very different manner: