For the painter, this was perhaps the culmination of ten years of intensive work; in any case, this was followed by a form of collapse and a process of recentering, much in keeping with the cultural atmosphere of those months. In the end, Gleiwitz left the studio—last July to be exact. He started to plunge into the contemplation of nature. It was in plein air painting with watercolor pads that he found what he was looking for, though not without subjecting his sketches to a process of transformation. As dusk fell, he returned to the studio. An integral part of Gleiwitz’s new paintings is the lived, prolonged contemplation of each day.