by Marco J. Bodenstein
by Prof. Dr. Theo Reim
by Dr. Helmut Bachmaier
to: Élan Vital | Reality | Perception | Boody | Round | Female | Eros | Nature
Homage to Christian Peschke
This publication under the patronage of the European Cultural Foundation is also a homage to the artist Christian Peschke. Peschke, a sculptor and painter, is a creative all-round talent. He is rightly considered to be one of the foremost exponents of 20th-century modern art together with George Braque, Jean Cocteau, Marc Chagall, Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso and others.
It was his awareness of the sensuality in the works of Rodin, Maillol and Despiau and his high esteem for the work of his artistic friends Salvador Dalí and Arno Breker that helped Peschke create his own formal world in sculpture and painting. His artistic handwriting is unmistakable, and his talent is evident in all his works. His art is thus of a uniqueness that secures him a place in the pantheon of the greatest sculptors and painters of all time.
This also makes it clear why Dalí and Breker treated the young Peschke with such respect during their meetings. Peschke himself saw this experience as an encouragement to make his own contribution to the Western, Christian cultural tradition. The round forms of his sculptures and the vitality of his reliefs and paintings express joie de vivre, a love of sensuality and of the mythological Demeter ((Δημήτηρ, Δήμητρα, Δηώ)r. The mother-goddess represents the fertility of the earth and, in our age, symbolizes preservation of the environment and of the creative force.
Christian Peschke raises his powerfully symbolic representation of the Female to a sacred, altar-like status. His "fat ladies" seem to defy all laws of gravity and float across the ground. They often balance gracefully on their pedestals and can be admired from all angles. The same applies to his animal sculptures: they display vitality, force, sensuality and beauty. This is especially admirable in the rendition of the white bull into which, according to mythology, the father of the gods Zeus transformed himself in order to abduct the beautiful Europa and take her to Crete.
There's no doubt about it: With his passionate artistic work as a sculptor and painter, his visions and his talents, Christian Peschke is a worthy representative of European art in the 21st century.
Berlin 2007Marco J. Bodenstein