They were not the pretty pictures of "willows by the river or beeches in the fog" that he was after, but rather the landscapes of a world violently "disturbed" by man.
I never made a person look bad. They do that themselves.
Herbert von Karajan was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years. By one estimate he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records.