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October 31, 2012

When old masters come alive


Web Desk
October 31, 2012

We all come into this world, live our allotted life span on the earth and then call it a day, in time to be forgotten and recede into oblivion. However, that may not hold good for all of us for there are those among us who through their
sublime pursuits leave an indelible imprint on culture and civilization and every now and then they
visit us through the enactment of their contribution to things sublime, be it music, art, invention, or what not.
It was the same Tuesday evening with an exhibition of paintings by the charming young artist from Germany, Susanne Husemann, themed “Allegory of painting”.
Husemann draws her inspiration from the 16th century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Husemann’s endeavour is a variation on Vermeer’s themes. Fifteen of the works are oil-on-cardboard with sticker and tape, four are oil-on-canvas, and 14 oil-on–wood. All these works displayed at the V.M. Art Gallery speak a lot for her art and her subtle yet fertile imagination.
Her style of painting could be classified as near abstract. Even though bordering on abstraction, the faces she sketches, despite being a wee bit foggy, display profound emotions and feelings. They mirror the sensitive, profound, and poignant nature of the artist, how she reads deep into human emotions, into the human soul. The paintings are actually based on clips from a movie about Vermeer, Hajo Euchting, with variations and improvisation by Susemann. One such work on display is “The girl with the earrings”, a reproduction of the clip from the movie about the master. It is an ideal representation of the clarity of human emotions which is reflected in the eyes of the girl. They are speaking eyes, with all credit going to Husemann’s creativity. The central theme of her art is the home.
She says about her work:
“In my work I think about home. What is home? It is not chosen but is simply there. As

with identity or authenticity, it is not something that I can deliberate.
Home is my culture, the history of art. The first step to this Vermeer series was to think about my history. Vermeer is a part of our history of art, one of the most famous painters of Europe”.
Husemann is a lyrical colourist and the subtle yet harmonious manner whereby the colours in her works blend into each other is splendid indeed.
The exhibition has been sponsored by the German Consulate-General, Karachi.
Addressing guests, Dr Tilo Klinner, the German Consul-General in Karachi, said that this exhibition was part of the German week which was aimed at acquainting the people of Pakistan better with German Culture and implementing cultural cooperation between the two countries. He said such events were meant to once again make Karachi a vibrant international art centre.

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