Paul Wunderlich:
Picture "The Moment of Glory" (1997)


Paul Wunderlich:
Picture "The Moment of Glory" (1997)

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Limited, 200 copies | Numbered | Hand-signed | Wood cut on Jpanese paper | Unframed | Format 39 x 54.5 cm

Paul Wunderlich: Picture "The Moment of Glory" (1997)

The Japanese woodcut is famous for its fine line drawings and flatness. The graphic "The Moment of Glory" by Paul Wunderlich perfectly represents this technique. 32 wood pieces were painted with 65 colors, in order to create this brilliant picture with colorful lightness and and pure lines.

A young woman in a long red dress and a man sitting beside her are the main figures in a nocturnal setting. The fascinating figure drawing marks the great skillfullness of the artist. We can see the harmonic opposition of colorful lightness of the figures and tender brown, grey, and violet colors of the plunged landscape. The elegent light beams of the night sky caused by a star and a commet correspond to the colorfulness of the figures.

Original wood cut, printed in 65 colors on Jpanese paper with 32 wood cuts. Wood cutter Takashi Niinomi, printed by Ken'ichi Kubota, Tokio. Limited edition of 200 copies, numbered and signed by hand. Catalog raisonne number 852. Unframed. Sheet format 39 x 54.5 cm.

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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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