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PAUL WUNDERLICH

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Paul Wunderlich was born in Germany in 1927. He died in France in 2010
Wunderlich’s prolific works in painting, drawing, lithography and sculpture are linked to the second generation of Fantastic Realists, sometimes called Magical Realists, who were inspired by dream imagery.
After Picasso and Max Ernst no other artist has contributed as much to the sculpture of painters as Wunderlich. The thematic for his sculptures and objects is closely linked to his paintings, drawings and lithographs.
Wunderlich studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Art. He has been exhibited widely throughout the world. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Getty Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, Musées des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Museum Atheneum, Helsinki, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Kamakura Museum of Sculpture, amongst others.
Often borrowing from classical mythology, Wunderlich emphasized the human form within a context that blends together contemporary and historical references. With cool aloofness, he transports the viewer into a world of surreal eroticism, aesthetic symbolism and a dose of irony.

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Paul Wunderlich on his technique for Stone Lithography:
The technique I have used for my lithographs since 1988 is new in two important respects:
1.The result is obtained without proofing, that is, step by step while printing the edition.
2.The same stone is used for all the colors.
The first drawing in very thin ink is done on transfer paper, using a brush, to lay out the strongest and lightest areas of shade. After this sketch has been transferred to the stone, all the sheets for the proposed edition are printed in the first color. The original drawing on the stone is then partially removed and other parts are restored. After that follows the printing of the second color on all the sheets of the edition. The process of removing, restoring and printing is repeated until the final result is achieved.
The method entails a very high risk of failure, but it permits free and spontaneous expression, which has not been possible up to now in color graphics.
 
- Paul Wunderlich

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BIOGRAPHY

Paul Wunderlich was born in Eberswalde, outside of Berlin on March 10, 1927. After secondary school, military service and a short stint as a prisoner of war, he studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Art from 1947 to 1951. Fresh out of art school, he was entrusted with managing the academy’s print workshop, where he made prints for Oskar Kokoschka and Emil Nolde, among others. After a three year stay in Paris he returned to Hamburg in 1963 as a professor of painting. He resigned from his professorship in 1968 to work as a freelance artist. Paul Wunderllich lived and worked together with his wife, photographer Karin Szekessy, in his home and studio high above the rooftops of Hamburg. They divided their time between that home and their second residence in the Provence of the South of France, where he died suddenly on June 6th 2010 surrounded by his family.

Paul Wunderlich belonged to a group of contemporary German artists with an international reputation. His work in painting, drawing, lithography and sculpture is appreciated worldwide. Wunderlich’s artistry was linked to “Fantastic Realism,” a unique and distinctive style developed around 1950 by a group of young European artists who chose images from their dream visions as subject matter. Often erotically charged, these fragmented universes brought together both exotic and everyday elements. In the tradition of the Surrealists, the Fantastic Realists chose to work with precise images and details culled from visual memory, then combined in strange and dreamlike ways. Unlike their contemporary Abstractionists or Expressionists, they emphasized communicating with pure imagery as opposed to gesture in paint. Their lines are clear even when the image is distorted. In Fantastic Realism, subjectivity is often emphasized with the image of an open head or torso out of which spills the fantastical landscape. The head or torso emphasizes the role of the individual and the personal nature of the reality projected.

Paul Wunderlich belonged to the second generation of Fantastic Realists, sometimes called Magical Realists. These artists have remained faithful to the tradition albeit with contemporary imagery. Paul Wunderlich, the most prominent among them, had developed a style slightly cooler in temperament and more analytical. Often borrowing from classical mythology, he emphasized the human form within a context that blends together contemporary and historical references. With cool aloofness, Wunderlich transports the viewer into a world of surreal eroticism and aesthetic symbolism. Again and again, Wunderlich spiced his Fantastic Realism with a startling dose of irony.

After Picasso and Max Ernst no other artist has contributed as much to the sculpture of painters as Paul Wunderlich. The thematic for his sculptures and objects is closely linked to his paintings, drawings and lithographs. Wunderlich sculptures and objects combine the simplicity of an idea with the refinement of the material, and imagination with perfection in shaping something into a perfect form.

As an artist, Paul Wunderlich remained faithful to his own artistic visions. Over a period of several decades, Wunderlich’s complex and comprehensive body of work enjoyed numerous exhibitions in museums worldwide.

 

1927

Born March 10th in Eberswalde, Brandenburg, in Germany

1945

Served in German Army

1947

Studies graphic arts-University of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany

1963

Professor of Graphic Arts-University of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany

1951-60

Received a teaching contract for etching and lithography techniques

1960-63

Lived and worked in Paris, produced numerous lithographs

1963-67

Professor, Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Hamburg

1965-70

Various exhibitions throughout the world

1970

Stayed in New York

1971

Married Karin Székessy

1973

Lived and worked in Italy and France

1976-81

Stayed in Switzerland and Belgium

1981

Bought a house in Provence

1983-86

Devoted himself intensively to sculpture

1987

Concentrated on lithography

1987-89

Large format color lithographs using new techniques

1990

Sculpture, painting (including paraphrases in the style of Lukas Granach and The Ecole de Fontainebleau)

1991

Exhibitions in London and Darmstadt

1992

Large sculptures, exhibition in Copenhagen

1992

Exhibition in Belgium

1994-95

Retrospectives in several Japanese museums (Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Gifu). Further large and small sculptures.

1996

Exhibitions in London and Barcelona, pastels and a book on angels based on poems by Alberti

1997

Devoted time to animal sculpture

2010

July 6th - Dies suddenly at his home in the South of France

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1949

Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lubeck, West Germany

1951

Hamburg Artists’ Club-Hamburg, Germany

1955

Hamburger Kunstlerclub Die Insel, Hamburg, Kushiro City Art Gallery, Hokkaido

1957

Congress for the Freedom of Culture-Hamburg, Germany

1958

Galerie Nebelung, Dusseldorf, Orangerie, Eutin, West Germany

1960

Dragonsrestall Gallery-Hamburg,Germany

1962

Galerie Brusberg, Hannover Galerie Diogenes, Berlin Galerie Brockstedt, Hamburg

1963

Print Club Gallery-Philadelphia, PA

 

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

 

Galerie Sydow, Frankfurt

 

Galerie Niedlich, Stuttgart

 

San Francisco Museum of Art, California

 

Galerie Rothe, Heidelberg Germany

 

Galerie Niepel, Dusseldorf

 

Museum of Art, Miami, Florida

 

Eric Locke Gallery, San Francisco

1964

Galerie van de Loo, Munich, Germany Galerie Brechbuhl, Grenchen, Switzerland,

1964

Arco Gallery-Rome, Italy

 

Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mons, Belgium

 

Galerie Ernst Hauswedell, Baden-Baden, Germany

 

Galerie Neipel, Dusseldorf

1965

Kaiserslautern, West Germany, Galerie Wilbrand,

1965

Munster, West Germany

 

Kubus-Austellung, Hannover

 

Europa Center, Berlin

 

Kunstverein, Dusseldorf

 

Stadtische Galerie, Bochum, Germany

 

Galerie Brusberg, Hannover

 

Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany

1967

Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lubeck, 

 

Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich

 

Galerie Toni Gerber, Berne

 

Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand

1968

Redfern Gallery, London

 

Galerie Passepartout, Copenhagen

 

Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam

1968

Perls Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Phoenix Gallery, Berkeley, California

 

Kovler Gallery, Chicago

1970

Galerie Brusberg, Hannover

 

Staempfli Gallery, New York

 

Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Germany

 

Kunsthalle, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

1971

Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm Galleriea Schwarz, Milan

1971

Amos Andersonin Taidemuseo, Helsinki, Perls Gallery, Los Angeles

1971

Tokyo Gallery-Tokyo, Japan, Berggruen Gallery-San Francisco, CA

1972

Staempfli Gallery, New York

 

Galerie Berggruen, Paris

 

Galerie Andre Francois Petit, Paris

 

Galleria La Bussola, Turin

 

Anglolare Gallery of Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy

1973

Redfern Gallery, London, Galerie Levy, Hamburg

1973

Baukunst, Cologne, Staempfli Gallery-New York

1974

Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Art Contacts, Paris

 

Kunsthalle, Kiel, Germany

 

Nouvelle Vision Gallery-Tokyo, Japan

 

University Gallery-Amherst, Mass

1975

Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, West Germany

 

Kunstverein, Augsburg, West Germany

 

Galerie Cour, Saint-Pierre, Geneva

 

Galerie Orangerie, Cologne

1976

Veranneman, Kruishoutem, Belgium

1976

Galerie Octave Negru, Paris

1976

Galerie Uddenberg, Goteborg, Sweden

1976

Galerie Berggruen, Paris

1977

Redfern Gallery, London

1978

Negru Gallery-Paris, France

1980

Redfern Gallery, London

 

Seibu Museum, Tokyo

 

Kunsthalle, Kiel

1983

Fondation Veranneman, Gent, Belgium

1985

Le Bateau Lavoir, Paris, Galerie Sonet, Stockholm

1987

Redfern Gallery, London

 

Schleswig-Holsteinisches Museum, Schleswig

1990

Hohmann Gallery, Hamburg

 

Galerie Trigano, Paris (FIAC)

1991

Redfern Gallery, London ‘New Paintings, Sculpture, Pastels & Prints’ 

1994

Gerhard Wurzer Gallery, Houston 

1995

Major retrospective exhibition - touring to four museums in Japan

 

Mitaka City Art Gallery, Tokyo 

 

Navio Hankyu Museum, Osaka

1996

Redfern Gallery, London

1999

The Hart Gallery, Carmel, CA, Palm Desert, CA, Chicago, IL

2009

Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA