Paul Wunderlich:
‘Chess Game’

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Limited, 1.500 copies | numbered | signed | wood | bronze | patinated | polished | chess pieces: height 8,5-24 cm | chessboard: format 52 x 52 cm | incl. book

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Paul Wunderlich: ‘Chess Game’

Wunderlich's chess pieces, cast in noble bronze, originate from the inexhaustible fund of myths of the artist. The model for the ‘Queen’ is the Greek goddess Nike. For Wunderlich she spreads out the aura of the unveiling and disarming femininity; erotic, enigmatic but invulnerable. The ‘King’ is represented by Minotaur - with bull’s head and human body. The winged ‘Bishop’ reminds with his wings of the god Hermes’ shoes, and the Steed of Penthesilea stands near the ‘Knight’. The counterweight to the slender figures of the court is constituted by the ‘Pawns’ – their cunning slyness is brought earthbound with their fool’s caps. Or was it even about a provocative Phrygian cap?

32 chess pieces made of fine bronze, patinated and partially polished, cast using the lost wax casting method at Lunt, Birmingham. Limited edition of 1,500 copies, each numbered and signed. Catalog index 171-176. Height of the chess pieces from 8.5 cm (pawns) to 24 cm (king). With the chessboard made of sheathed noble wood in the format 52 x 52 cm. Delivery with book for Wunderlich Chess.

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1927-2010

Paul Wunderlich was one like no other creative artists of our time to the really stylish visual artists of modernity. In 1960, confiscated the Hamburg public prosecutor of his works as "offensive". Three years later, the fledgling Paul Wunderlich as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts is appointed. Numerous awards such as the Edwin-Schaff Prize honours the Graphic Biennials in Ireland, Taiwan and Bulgaria have made Wunderlich international acclaim. As the only German artist, he was elected into the French "Académie des Beaux Arts". Paul Wunderlich lived and worked until his death in June 2010, alternately in Hamburg and France.

Sculptor and painter born in 1927 in Eberswalde near Berlin, studied painting at the art school in the Orangery of Eutin Castle. Immediately after the war, he went to the Hamburg Academy of fine arts and studied graphics. After completing his education, he stayed there just as a drawing teacher and became a professor in 1963.

At the beginning of the 50s he met Emil Nolde and Oskar Kokoschka and expressed under their guidance the reproductions of their works. He even developed a very unconventional style, the Mannerist and surreal, but also elements of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco. His themes was referring to the German history, for example in the cycle "20.July 1944 ". Later it was erotic and has sexual motives, the more important it with delicacy and also a track morbidity items. In 1960, such print series for alleged immoral pursued by the public prosecutor's office.

In the 60s, he began to work for photographs by Karin Szekessy. In 1968 he gave up his Professorship, he made several study trips to New York and in the Switzerland. Since then he worked at commemorated aestheticized everyday objects, which were in line with the cleverly elaborated imagery of his paintings.

"His works are recognized all over the world, appreciated, and purchased by a wide audience", writes Paul Wunderlich biographer Jens Christian Jensen, "art connoisseurs agree: Paul Wunderlich is the main master of fantastic realism, and one of the few seminal artists of our time."

"From the platitudes that are spread about his life's work has only a substance: the knowledge that Paul Wunderlich was the unmatched after Picasso masters of lithography." (Prof. Heinz Spielmann)

If one looks for the greatest masters in the control of the lithographic technique in its ways, no doubt. Deserved the laurel Paul Wunderlich "(Carl Vogel)

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