Barbara Raetsch: GROSSE TAGEBAULANDSCHAFT, 1982, Oil on canvas. Courtesy Kunstfonds des Freistaates Sachsen / Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
BioIn the 1980s, Barbara Raetsch was predominantly concerned with buildings to be torn down and the inner city of Potsdam which was left to dilapidation. The Große Tagebaulandschaft was created in 1982 after a plein-air session in a disused open-cast mine in Cottbus, whose gigantic manmade landscape fascinated Barbara Raetsch. A year later, Barbara Raetsch was in Heinersdorf to produce a commissioned work. She lived in a farmhouse and had access to the disused open-cast mine. The paintings of this barren, abstract landscape show formal structures of becoming and decay. Barbara Raetsch was born in Pirna in 1936 and was trained to become a technical assistant in horticulture in Dresden-Pillnitz. In 1958 she moved to Potsdam. Among others, she participated in the IX. (1982/83) and X. (1987/88) zentrale Kunstausstellung der DDR in Dresden.
WebsitesKunstfonds des Freistaates Sachsen / Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden