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German, Born 1927
Original framed signed and numbered color lithograph
Prolific painter, sculptor, and printmaker, Paul Wunderlich has won fame as the most prominent member of the second generation of Fantastic Realists, sometimes called Magical Realists. Borrowing from classical mythology, the artist weaves contemporary human images with historic references. And with cool analytic aloofness, he transports the viewer into a world of surreal eroticism, irony, and aesthetic symbolism .
Born in Eberswalde on March 10, 1927, Wunderlich studied art in the orangery at Castle Eutin and later at Hamburg Academy. But after three years in Paris, he returned to the Hamburg University of Fine Arts as Professor of graphic art and painting.
Wunderlich’s early "abstract-figurative" works depicted his horrific lifetime witness of Nazi Germany including the execution of the men who conspired against Adolf Hitler. But by the 1960’s, he adopted a more erotic symbolist/ surreal style using photographs taken by his artist wife Karin Szekessy. Winner of numerous international awards for his color lithography, Wunderlich’s complex body of work is found in many museums around the world. The artist alternately lives and works in Hamburg and Provence, France.
Works by Wunderlich are held in the British Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, Museum Ludwig in Koln, Kunstmuseum in Mannheim, Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie fur Modern Kunst in Munchen, Musee des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Getty Museum.
Gift to the Museum from Mr. Thomas Bouckaert.
Proceeds to support the Museum's art aquisition fund.