In this beautifully presented hardback book, the author presents a beautiful collection of watercolours by Helga Kaffke. Achill Island, Delphi, Newport Town, Doona near Ballycroy and Rosturk Castle are some of the Co. Mayo scences presented in vividly beautiful watercolours.
In the art scene of Scherin their names were as well known as the State Theater, the museum of the castle of that city - Helga Kaffke, painter; Gabriele Berthel, author. That was during the last quarter of the past century. In the cultural news of the current capital of the county their names can't be found. Both artists haven't lived in Germany for more than twenty years.
First they looked for the centre of their lives in France - and then found it - since the millennium - on the North West coast of Ireland, in Mayo. They settled there, got married, worked.
'May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back'. This old Irish blessing didn't always keep its promise: the wind was often a gale and shook 'the old house that rose out of the rocks'. The two artists counteracted this with their passion: for life, for painting, for literature. They has their talents and a backpack full of knowledge and experience, gathered at the colleges in Leipzig - tied forever to their country of birth, from which they had become estranged.
The painter Helga Kaffke died in winter 2017. Since her death her spouse Gabriele Berthel shares her life with thousands of pages.
Watercolours, colour on paper, portraits of landscapes, people and animals, in Kaffke - style. Kaffke - style is a mark of quality. Nobody painted watercolours like her; falling lines, sloping verticals, seemingly so chaotic, one already imagines the fall of Carthage - and yet somewhere on a glimpse of sky remains. Magnificient. Gabriele Berthel paints with words; equally magnificent until it hursts. She paints in prose and poetry, mixes fairytale and reality, and covers earthly realism with melancholy.
Thus a book is created, in a remote place of the world where in comparison to sky and sea, a person appears to be a dwarf. A book about love and life and strength to endure it , for every place in the world.
Walking Talking - On the road in Ireland's Wild West
- Publisher: Helga Kaffke and Gabriele Berthel
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