Speaking at the opening of his special exhibition, "Wolfgang Lettl - 85 years", on December 18, 2004, Wolfgang Lettl had this to say regarding this painting:

. . . In the next painting, the "loner" has been replaced by what initially seems to be just a decorative grouping consisting of a wooden flat head and something like windmill blades. On closer examination, however, this turns out to be a torture scene."
"Was there no other way to hold the whole thing together than with a screw that goes brutally right through the middle of the head?"
"What has become of the walls?"
"Templates sawn from boards."
"Templates of what?"
"Of men who are not there."
"Why are they not there? Did they bolt? "
"No, these men are never there. Meaning that they are there, but by being absent. It's not really the men themselves, but rather their contours, their frames we might say, their shapes."
"Couldn't the template men have been omitted, do we really need them?"
"You have no idea. They, after all, steer, organize, determine and examine everything. Imagine the picture without the 4 white figures: Nothing."
"So they are the government?"
"I wouldn’t say that."
"Who was it who gave Judas the money that he then threw away?"
"The High Council."


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