Paul Wunderlich:
Picture "Orchid II", Cat. rais. no. 725


Paul Wunderlich:
Picture "Orchid II", Cat. rais. no. 725

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Limited, 301 Copies | Numbered | Hand Signed | Colour Lithograph on Handmade Paper | Unframed | Format 50 x 65 cm

Paul Wunderlich: Picture "Orchid II", Cat. rais. no. 725

The fascination of the orchid, its aesthetics and symbolism inspired Paul Wunderlich to his graphic sequence "Orchids". He exploits the lithographic capabilities to their utmost. Surface structuring is formed by refined lavis, modeling of surfaces by iris printing and application of airbrush. His flower motifs stand in the tradition of still life as allegorical representation. This results in a precisely formulated ambiguous, mythical and elegant world. Elongated calyxes and petals unfold their own world in the service of beauty and aesthetics. Sketches are near the executed image areas. They are opening the viewer's imagination, they seduce to digression, they point to the executed image areas, to concentration.

Original colour lithograph on Rives paper. Limited edition of 301 copies, numbered and hand signed. Unframed. Sheet format 50 x 65 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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