SUNDAY Feature on ART of Architecture -by Gautam Shah
Stephanie Hollenstein (1886-1944) was an Austrian expressionist landscape and still-life painter. Her first paintings were made, while working as a cowherd, with naturally sourced colours. She painted animals and shepherds. This love for rural landscape lasted through her life, in spite of living in Vienna.
She absolutely wanted to serve the fatherland and, for this purpose, completed a Red Cross course and joined the services as Stephan Hollenstein - as a boy.
Stephanie Hollenstein made extensive travels through Germany and Italy. She was impelling and a modernist expressionist painter. She had a daring personality. Her choice of colours and contrasts remained in ‘non-urban’ landscapes, portraits and still life. Her extremely expressive colour scheme exploited the spatial distortion and overcame the natural illumination. For this she earned a nickname ‘a crooked Lady Painter (Schiefmalerin)’.