Dr. Rolf Neth asked me to say a few words about my last work, which
I called " Alexander Maximov's world". I could think that many of
you had to learn or to study his experiments and results, when they
were students. Well, I am not competent enough to give a valuation
of his work or meaning in histology. But the few things I read about
his work and life gave me a great deal of respect and admiration.
Specially how he drew and painted the results of his experiments
in such a filligran and precise way. Amongst scientists, often the
work of a colleague is not always considered with great admiration
rather more with a feeling of respect or competition. So, when I
put up some kind of a monument for Alexander Maximov, it is the
painters admiration for a scientist, who probably drew much better
than I ever would do in histology.
Now to my work: There is the real and spiritual world of Alexander
Maximov. The polarisation of the idea is seen on the right side
which shows the three stations in his life.
St. Petersburg, where he worked at the Military Medical Academy
for some years.
In Berlin, the Charite Hospital, where he worked like his famous
colleagues Arinkin and Botkin before. And last station of his life
was the University of Chicago where he had to emigrate with heavy
heart after october revolution. On the left side you see two blood
pictures which have been drawn by Alexander Maximov.
The upper picture which looks like a Super Nova is a cell of a mouse
fibroplast which Alexander Maximov in his time could not see like
this, as the electronic microscope wasn't invented then. This is
the contemporary level of this work together with the circled Wilsede
motif over the tower .
If you look closer and I could help everybody with my magnifying
glass, you discover that Maximov's two blood pictures are drawn
in the silhouette of the Emhof (up side down) and the Granary. The
Center shows the portrait of Alexander Maximov about the time as
a young man in St. Petersburg and it shows close to his heart the
entrance to his laboratory in the Military Academy. To end now,
I sum up the key idea may be called 5 seconds of inspiration and
five weeks of rather hard work. Alexander Maximov as a tower surrounded
by the real buildings St. Petersburg, Berlin and Chicago and on
the other hand surrounded by his spiritual buildings, the blood
pictures in the silhouette of Wilsedes granary and the Emhof. So
I thank you for accompanying my explanations of Alexander Maximov
from St. Petersburg to us here in Wilsede.
Etching 40 x 60 by Michel Weidemann