The catalog gives an insight into the reverse glass painting of the artist Nina Neumaier. She works since the mid-1990s with the technique of reverse glass painting. This old technique is lifted out of its traditional context by the use of plexiglass and unusual formats that accentuate the subjects of the work. The religious tradition of reverse glass painting was common in the 18th and 19th Century. Rediscovered by the group »Der Blaue Reiter« (Kandinsky, Münter, etc.) in 1911, it again flourished in the region of Oberbayern for a brief period. Since then it has been used by artists only sporadically.
The mark-making of the reverse glass drawings by Nina Neumaier correspond with the fragility of the material. Closed forms are in interplay with fine transparent formulations. Lines and bands connect both sharply defined and irregularly structured surfaces. Her drawings investigate concentration and reduction. The complex technical constraints of reverse glass painting requires constant thinking ahead in order to allow the necessary technical procedures. A reverse of thinking is also required as everything has to be designed in reverse. Nina Neumaier has worked with this method for many years and developed it accordingly. Every brushstroke has to be executed with precision, as the drying of one layer excludes the possibility of retouching previous layers.
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Authorship: Dorothée Bauerle-Willert, Nina Neumaier