Mixed media, 150 x 174 cm
The destruction of human habitats is one of Helmuth Oberhauser's major themes, which has lost none of its topicality more than 30 years after this work was created. Blue is the predominant color of the painting, in which he depicts the complexity of the blue planet, the Earth, in a shadowy manner. As well as the fact that this Earth is only part of a great whole and that man is nothing more than a speck of dust in it. With this work, Oberhauser refers man to his appropriate, humble place in the infinite universe and sets an example against human presumption.
Helmuth Oberhauser (*1931 in Stennweiler, †1991 in Saarbrücken, today both in Germany) was one of the most famous Saarland artists in the second half of the 20th century. His studies took him to Paris, via Saarbrücken. Life on the Saar, right on the spot, inspired his drawings and linocuts, which he made in the 1950s. He depicted the everyday life of miners, but also turned his attention to the nuclear threat. Landscapes and cityscapes characterized his oeuvre in the 1960s, as did the aforementioned destruction of human habitats. Helmuth Oberhauser's house in the Küfergasse in Saarbrücken was a popular meeting place for the Saarland art scene for years.