The motif of coldness in Oedoen von Horvath
Richardson, Sandra Bryant
Master of Arts
The concept of coldness is evident on some level in all the works of Odfin von Horvath. In the earliest works its primary manifestation is on a psychical level: a pervading coldness in the world because the individual is not able to relate to others since he cannot even relate to himself. Coldness on a psychical level is emphasized by its manifestation on a physical and symbolical level. The physical level, involving the use of meteorological phenomenon appears throughout Horvath’s works, but it is used with consistency only in his later works* The introduction of the symbolical level in the late works, concretized in the picture of the fish and the snowman, is the culmination and the total meshing of the concept of coldness. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the development of the coldness motif as it evolves from the philosophy of psychical-coldness to a complete artistic phenomenon.