Skip to main content

22Fontaine de Vaucluse

ca 1955
Painting, oil on cardboard, 135 x 100 cm

Fontaine de Vaucluse

”Fontaine de Vauclause” is an abstract painting like ”Étoile du matin”. The short, shimmering brushstrokes in blue-gray, orange, violet, and white and the black drawings drawn over them are still reminiscent of images from the graphic phase, but no figures are discernible here. The paint isn‘t applied impasto, but in thin layers. As in ”Am Seeufer”, this creates a shimmering mood. The parallel black strokes give an impression of movement. In the top right corner are blue and white colors that might be seen as the spray of the fountain referred to in the title. The Vauclause spring is located in Provence. Jeanne Mammen saw it on a trip with her friend Lothar Klünner, during a stay with the poet René Char.

When asked whether she appreciated her representational or abstract works more, „I don‘t care”.

Quote from Jeanne Mammen 1890 – 1976, published by the Jeanne-Mammen-Gesellschaft in conjunction with the Berlinischen Galerie 1978, Edition Cantz Stuttgart – Bad Cannstatt, p.102