Buschulte’s Colourful Masterpieces

The one thing that strikes me when looking at Buschulte’s church stained glass windows is: ‘How does he get away with it?!’

When I was at art school I was always told that creating a coherent body of work was ‘A Good Thing’, and that being the equivalent of an artistic Jekyll and Hyde was definitely ‘A Bad Thing’.

buschulte st Patroklus windows
St Patroklus Cathedral, Soest

So, imagine my amazement when I was introduced to Buschulte’s windows! Half of them are a riot of wonderful, celebratory colour, figurative and spontaneous…and the other half?

A meditative, calm, geometric configuration of clear or muted glass, using rods to throw prismatic colours along crypt walls.

Buschulte's calm graphic style
St Maria im Kapitol in Cologne

The two conflicting styles each have their own power and resonance. The uplifting experience in St Patroklus Cathedral in Soest left me buzzing, but it was the intimacy of the crypt at St Maria im Kapitol in Cologne that stayed with me.

Figurative Christian windows have never been my thing, but these simple abstract church windows were quietly divine in this contemplative setting.

Windows like watercolour painting Buschulte'smeditative style

Helpful Resources

If you’d like to see more of Buschulte’s work, a guy called Aiden McRae Thomson has the most fantastic resource on Flickr. Here’s his photo set on Cologne, where many of his windows can be found. He also annotates the pictures with very helpful notes – and really knows his stuff.

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