VISIONARY REVUE


THE TRIUMPH OF THE UNICORN - ENGRAVING
(detail) 1952
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VR - So you don't have a clear vision first of something that you want to capture...
FUCHS - No. Some of my works were etchings first and then turned into paintings. And, if you compare the etching to the painting that was done afterward, there's hardly a trace of the original, except for the composition.
VR - It becomes another work...
FUCHS - Yes, it becomes another work! The composition itself remains somewhat fixed. But with colour - that changes a lot, a lot more than you would expect... Then again, some paintings are done without any drawings - very spontaneously on the board or canvas... And in the end, you know, I tell myself - somebody must have known it would turn out that way!

"...There's always a kind of 'visional process', which leads you - if you follow it with knowledge and feeling - to a perfect image..."


VR - You said once in your writings, 'I developed my imagery through concentration on the picture surface'. Is that one important way of working for you?
FUCHS - Yes, of course. Like here [he points to the canvas he's working on]. Through the purple and the green here, there is a certain colour which comes that you just can't mix on the palette. And then you follow that colour, and you say, 'well, complementary to the shadow, the light must turn a little more orange'. You know what I mean?





 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2004


THE TRIUMPH OF THE UNICORN - PAINTING
(detail) 1978 - 80
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      There's always a kind of 'visional process', which leads you - if you follow it with knowledge and feeling - to a perfect image. It's an inner process.
      I wouldn't even say that this painting was seen in my fantasie or imagination - no. It comes to be seen - for me and for any one else - as if for the first time. It is not 'pre-viewed'.
VR - But then, does it remind you of a place in your imagination or... a place in your life?
FUCHS - It reminds me of... certain feelings I have had while looking at other paintings. Other times I do something and I say, 'I've never seen anything like it!' - Although, not necessarily with this particular painting...(points, laughing)

"...Sometimes there are places that you can't return to...."


VR - So you have to surprise yourself as well...
FUCHS - Yes. That is, practically speaking, the fun of doing this. If it becomes something that doesn't surprise me, then the painting has to a rest, or is declared to be finished, because I'm finished.
VR - So there's a constant interaction with your works...
FUCHS - Yes.
VR - You recently completed your Memoires. How does it feel to go back over your life? Do you see it more as a whole?
FUCHS - ...Sometimes there are places that you can't return to. Just as one remembers; one also forgets. Especially with things that were hard to overcome... When you look back over all those years, most of all you forget the grief... (long pause) But Mr. Alzheimer helps a lot!



 
 
 


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