"Beethoven" is an important painting for Loewel himself, as he admires the world of baroque and renaissance music and especially the works of the well known composer Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) as well as of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). As both had been playing a main role in the evolution of classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven was painted by Loewel in the end of the 1980ies. Loewel said: "I painted "Beethoven" while listening to Händels music." It took him six months to finish the artwork. Especially "Missa solemnis" and the 5th Symphony had an impact on him.

The painting represents the enormous and powerful music both Beethovens and Händels – for Loewel perfectly describing the massive deconstruction of the planet by human hand. He knows, Beethoven has been considering his colleague Händel as one of the most important composers of all time. As a special appreciation, Ludwig van Beethoven quoted Händels choral "Hallelujah" from the "Messiah" in his "Missa solemnis".

The painting shows a rocket and power plant in the rear part as well as a sewage channel and burning city – all standing for the human age and its destructive potential, while Ludwig van Beethoven mount guards over the situation and accompanying the happening with his music.

(1986, Oil on Canvas, 120x180cm)

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