German artist finishing Schroeder portrait

19th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

Berlin (dpa) - Gerhard Schroeder, the former German chancellor, appears with a gilded head and clothes in an official portrait being painted by top German artist Joerg Immendorff to hang in the chancellery in Berlin, news reports Thursday said. Schroeder, 61, the Social Democrat who retired in 2005 to make way for Angela Merkel, uttered an impressed "Wow" when he took his first glimpse of the picture last week on a visit to Immendorff's studio in the western city of Dusseldorf. The ex-chancellor's office s

Berlin (dpa) - Gerhard Schroeder, the former German chancellor, appears with a gilded head and clothes in an official portrait being painted by top German artist Joerg Immendorff to hang in the chancellery in Berlin, news reports Thursday said.

Schroeder, 61, the Social Democrat who retired in 2005 to make way for Angela Merkel, uttered an impressed "Wow" when he took his first glimpse of the picture last week on a visit to Immendorff's studio in the western city of Dusseldorf.

The ex-chancellor's office said Immendorff, also 61, who has worked on the 100-by-130 centimetre portrait since last autumn, would make a gift of it to Schroeder, who would hand it to the chancellery on long-term loan.

A gallery of former German chancellors, mostly more conventional in their style, hangs in the chancellor's office building in Berlin.

Reporters said the Schroeder in gold rather than flesh colour was reminiscent of an Orthodox icon, though gold has been used in European art in the past to symbolize a subject's wealth or joy.

Immendorff, a professor of art, suffers from the degenerative nerve disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has a wheelchair. Since he cannot hold a paintbrush, he puts instructions on a computer and assistants carry out the actual brushwork.

DPA

Subject: German news

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