Come and meet Michael Ende’s father and his art! The webpage www.edgarende.de invites you to discover these mysterious images. To find his images, Edgar Ende used to withdraw into a dark room where he waited until his consciousness lost control over his thinking and he fell into a condition that seemed free of intentions. The images that appeared before his inner eye he would quickly sketch onto a small sketchpad. To get the light he needed into his darkness, he used sticky tape to fasten a small torchlight onto his drawing pen.
Such a “catch of images” could bring forward extremely different results: Sometimes he came back with dozens of sketches, sometimes with only a few. From time to time it happened that no image would turn up at all.
If a sketch did not lose its mystery, even after long observation, then and only then would Edgar Ende transfer the motive into a drawing, later into a gouache, and at last – as the crown, so to say – into an oil painting.
Indeed, there are very different ways to reach Phantásia. Which pictures by Edgar Ende do you like? We would be happy to hear from you.