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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019<br/>    Picture: Courtesy of Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich<br />

Beate Gütschow

Born 1970 in Mainz, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin

LS #4, 1999

C-Print, on DIBOND aluminium
122 x 145 cm

The landscapes of Beate Gütschow are strikingly beautiful. Soft light bathes a landscape of green meadows lined with bushes, magnificent trees, gently sloping hills that draw the eye into the distance. Yet a closer look reveals that the idyll is deceptive.

With an analogue camera, the artist photographs landscapes, digitises the photos, manipulates the colour, applies light and shadow, and thus artificially composes artificial offset pieces of real landscapes on the computer. Modelled along the lines of classical landscape painting of the 17th and 18th century, she uses as many as one hundred individual photos to create natural impressions and scenarios that do not exist in reality. Gütschow's landscapes invite the beholder to reflect on being and appearing, on reliability and manipulation, on reality and what we are seeking.

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