Unusually Favourable Conditions for a Beginning

Wolfgang Lettl1996

Lettl Collection

Lettl Collection
Augsburg, Germany


Every painter has an infinite number of possibilities open to him. He faces a blank surface which he can transform with colours and lines into a space filled with life.

To accomplish this in a way that makes sense means searching for a motif, giving form to the motif, and constant self-criticism.

The first and depressing result of this endeavour and this self-criticism is insight into one’s own incompetence; you become aware that you’re an ass.

This insight weighs so heavily on the painter that he soon tries to compensate by being pretentious and full of himself; hence the impression that artists are arrogant.

(Text: Wolfgang Lettl)


  • Title: Unusually Favourable Conditions for a Beginning
  • Creator: Wolfgang Lettl
  • Date Created: 1996
  • Location Created: Manfredonia
  • Style: Surrealism
  • Physical Dimensions: w137 x h106 cm (without frame)
  • Original Title: ungewöhnlich günstige Ausgangsbedingungen
  • Subject Keywords: surrealism, Lettl, painter, nude painting, tower, horse
  • Type: Oil painting
  • Rights: Florian Lettl
  • External Link: The Lettl Collection
  • Medium: oil paint, medium-density fibreboard
  • Art Genre: nude
  • Art Movement: surrealism
  • Art Form: painting in oil

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