On December 2, 2005, speaking at the opening of his special exhibition, "I Forget Your shadow, but Not You", Wolfgang Lettl said the following about the painting, "Somewhere There Must Be a Future":

I had the moon reflecting itself in the sea, its bright yellow follows the contours of a group of rocky men which dominate the left picture space with their dark yet cheerful solemnity; the deep-blue twilight sky, along with its somewhat heavier reflection in the sea, determines the tone of the scene.

Two barges appear further back in the mist; two figures with an undefinable but apparently heavy load tied to their backs are sitting in the barges. And above it all something wonderful: Suspended in the early morning light there is a ball, with sloppy letters painted on it. Two protruding legs keep it moving gently.

I won’t say anything more about it.

Paintings are not primarily there to be explained, but to be looked at. And there are paintings where trying to explain makes no sense because the meaning of the painting is different from that expressed by language.

May the philosophers argue about what is real and what is not.


  • Title: Somewhere There Must Be a Future
  • Creator: Wolfgang Lettl
  • Date Created: 2005
  • Location Created: Augsburg, Manfredonia
  • Style: Surrealism
  • Physical Dimensions: w126 x h112 cm (without frame)
  • Original Title: Irgendwo muss Zukunft sein
  • Subject Keywords: Surrealism, Lettl, future
  • Type: Oil painting
  • Publisher: Florian Lettl
  • Rights: Florian Lettl
  • External Link: AUDIO: Irgendwo muss Zukunft sein
  • Medium: medium-density fibreboard, oil paint
  • Art Movement: surrealism
  • Art Form: painting in oil

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