The Creative
Diversity of Styles

Cubism [01]
Travelling [02]
Political [03]
Deities [04]
Happy Easter [05]
Portraits [06]
Abstracts [07]
Nudes [08]
Calligraphics [09]
Family [10]
Nature [11]
Body Organs [12]
Self-portraits [13]
Austria [14]

Margit Preis
and the diversity of styles in Hidden Realism

"Margit Preis lives and works in Vienna and does not follow a distinctive style". Quite an unusual verdict, annihilating from a marketing point of view, yet one that has obstinately persisted for years now.

In fact, the diversity of styles employed by Margit Preis truly is breathtaking. A playful, corporal, even baroque form of cubism[1] co-exists peacefully with impressionist pictures produced on extensive travels[2]. Bold political statements[3] alternate with deities[4] depicted in traditional Balinese style, while the Viennese Actionism movement is reflected in series such as Frohe Ostern[5] (Happy Easter), for which painted male testes served as a model. Margit Preis' portraits[6] remind you of Kokoschka, while her abstract works[7] evoke Russian avant-garde painting. They are complemented by traditional-style nudes[8], calligraphic gems[9] and, at times, quite simple scenes done in a naïve style. Over the years, different series and various cycles become apparent, with themes like her own family[10], nature[11], body organs[12], self-portraits[13] and Austria[14].

What message is this woman trying to convey? This is, in itself, the wrong question to ask – Margit Preis cannot be fathomed this easily. [more]