New lustre has been shed on the heritage of J. B. Piranesi and Charles
Méryon by Walter Klinkert's work in which he has sensed the "genius
loci" in his meticulously executed drawings of historic piles and the
architecture of modern cities. What Giovan Battista Piranesi achieved
for Rome in his powerful, highly imaginative landscapes and Méryon
for Paris in his austere, gloomily solemn drawings Walter Kiinkert is
doing for Berlin. This artist has more than ever a vocation to draw
the city in all its aspects, for at the moment it is undergoing an upheav
al through vigorous re-planning. Among the outstanding qualities
that have made such a successful artist of Walter Kiinkert is his self-
restraint expressed by his wisdom in keeping strictly within the scope
of his particular domain. He knows its limits within "landscape" art.
The landscape artist sees Nature in all her prodigality spread out
before him and is free to interpret her moods as the spirit moves him.