The 70ies is a little known period of the life of Ernst. He didnīt paint very much and travelled a lot. For some years he sailed on South America. He was very absorbed by the occult, which he only mentioned very shortly later. One day he told me about black magic: You might not believe in it, but after my stay at Haiti I am not so sure. But one thing I know for certain: Donīt mess with it, it is dangerous whether you believe in it or not.
I only know one painting from that period, which was brought to my knowledge recently by a man living in Husum, who had seen one of my advertisments searching art by Ernst Altien. It can be seen below, and I think there are some traces of the occult in it - and a terrible loss of control over the waste landscape. The painting has no title.