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In his new series of pictures, the Karlsruhe painter Andreas Lau (born 1964) inquires into the ambiguity of a picture and, consequently, to the viewer's varying perception, depending on his or her knowledge of the content.
Already in the previous series of "To- tenköpfe" the artist emphasized the equality of all individuals in death. As a great equalizer of all life, of all classes and social differences, death is an old theme in art. Equally, equality also exists at the beginning of life. Naked and innocent, man comes into the world and only gradually develops his individual physiognomic features, only in the course of years his own character. So harmless, cute and lovable, every baby looks to the viewer. But at the moment when the viewer knows that behind the baby in the picture titled "Santo Subito" (fig. P.33) hides Karol Jozef Wojtyła, later Pope John Paul II, and behind "Baby IV "(Fig. P.22) none other than Adolf Hitler, the feelings fundamentally change. In the case of the dictator, the little creature, who was previously irritated, immediately becomes unbearable. Almost as pervert is now the infantile innocence in the knowledge of the monstrous guilt felt. Not the image object "the baby", but only the knowledge of the observer about his identity shape the sensations.