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Christoph Schmidberger
Resist me - that's all I need

2005

oil on canvas

178 x 129.5 cm
A young girl lies on a large bed in an elegantly furnished room, with legs bare, a breast exposed, and only her pet Spaniel to protect what remains of her modesty. A porcelain, sickly sweet beauty, she presents an image of utter vulnerability, Pre-Raphaelite surrender, and a paradise on the verge of being lost. The title of the work represents a direct challenge to the viewer, confronted with an open-ended and highly charged situation fraught with danger; the tragic, touchpaper corruptibility of adolescent youth.
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Christoph Schmidberger
I am open for everything, don't get me wrong

2005

oil on canvas

178 x 129.5 cm
Bathed in the late evening sun, a young man lies alone by the side of a swimming pool. Lithe and limber, with butter smooth skin and luxuriant, Louis XIV curls tumbling into the small of his back, he is a study in manicured androgeny. His expression is at once confident and sad, like the self-consumed despair of a contemporary Narcissus having just contemplated his own reflection. In his luminous colours, which feel almost too perfect, and his smooth, gleaming surface, somehow just too appealing, Schmidberger crafts a delicate beauty as attractive as it is unsettling.
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Christoph Schmidberger
What controls you must not necessarily be a person

2005

oil and acrylic on mdf panel 25 7/8 diameter

The scene shifts in What controls you must not necessarily be a person to a bed of long grass. The same young girl, in a similar state of partial undress, leans back as her dog licks a smooth, sugar sweet leg. With her eyes closed and head raised upward, like a saint in religious ecstasy, she is caught in a snapshot moment of dark titillation. In his choice of a setting, evocative of innocence as it is of indiscretion, and a format, the tondo, more customarily associated with Italian Renaissance depictions of the Madonna, Schmidberger positions the painting on a precarious line between the sacred and the profane. His title, a matter-of-fact confirmation of what we dare not think, does the rest.

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Official Christoph Schmidberger website featuring a range of information including: press, images, biography, exhibitions, publications, calendar and portfolio.

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The radiance of the heavens is that of death
By Guenther Holler-Schuster
The world of Christoph Schmidberger's pictures is highly charged and many-layered, irrespective of whether one is referring to his paintings, the drawings he has produced in more recent times or a symbiosis of both. Trained as an artist and painter, he adheres closely to practically all the rules and technical methods of the old masters.

Lavender Fields Forever
By Maia Damianovic
Portraiture more often evokes difference, individuality and otherness. Schmidberger's work seems slapped onto the surface, even banal. There's banality, there is certainly artificial prettiness, and this makes it interesting.

Exterior Reality and Personal Projection
By Florian Steininger
Christoph Schmidberger belongs to a generation of younger artists whose pictorial conceptions and paintings continue to write the chapter of realism. Although realist painting was relegated to a sidetrack in the century of Modernism while abstraction came to be considered as the progressive visual language, crucial figurative positions never ceased to exist alongside the black square, grids and colourfield painting.

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Christoph Schmidberger's earliest pictures.
By Guenther Holler-Schuster

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Zu Christoph Schmidbergers jüngsten Bildern
Christoph Schmidbergers Bildwelt ist eine höchst aufgeladene und vielschichtige, egal ob es sich dabei um seine Gemälde, um seine erst in letzter Zeit entstandenen Zeichnungen, oder um eine Symbiose aus beiden handelt.