Dr. Dietmar Schuth

The quest for paradise
Some reflexions on Gerdi Gutperle’s pictures

Gerdi Gutperle searches for this paradise, the happiness and the childish innocence, in her pictures. She searched the whole world for it, until one day – at home – she discovered that world which can at least open up a keyhole for her to the heavenly gates: the world of art. A visionary had given her this tip years before. And now, for about the last four years, Gerdi Gutperle has been painting as if in a state of intoxication, producing one picture after another and coming close to happiness.

Gerdi Gutperle’s preferred subject, which she paints with great love, are flowers and heavenly landscapes, out of »reverence for creation«, as she herself states. She paints flowers because, in form and colour, they are the most beautiful objects that nature has invented and because still today, they are a realistic challenge for every painter. She paints the sky with its sunsets because its cloud formations and atmospheric light effects anticipate the art of abstraction, are a source of fascination to the coloristic eye, and are an ideal medium for her glazing oil technique.

Yes, Gerdi Gutperle prefers the classical techniques; she is a modern artist of the old school. Also in her choice of motifs, her pictures of nature, she joins a long tradition, placing herself among the ranks of the many who so much love the irises of a Vincent van Gogh, the water lilies of a Claude Monet, the botanical studies of an Albrecht Dürer, or the hundred-petalled Chinese tea roses in the still life paintings of the Low Countries. However, Gerdi Gutperle’s paintings are no copies of Old Masters; rather, she discovers in nature a timeless beauty that can be rediscovered as something completely new time and time again. She paints her own, unique flowers: roses and hibiscus blossoms, aquilegia and anemones, irises, mallows and marguerites, parrot tulips, orchids, and many more besides, or in other words that »walled garden« of ancient Persia, where sometimes birds of the same name live and where blue butterflies beat their wings, but outside whose gates also lions and leopards wait in ambush.