Renowned German artist Wunderlich sculpts mythological legends, drawing inspiration from both the Surrealist movement and eroticism.
We see the two influences at play very strongly here.
Minotaurus is depicted in strength, with superb muscular detailing representative of the Greek monster’s fabulous power
*Nike, cast in bronze with green and gold patina, serves as a symbol of femininity and motherhood. Her protruding golden belly appears to be bursting through its surrounding skin, an analogous testament to the pain of childbirth.
Prints on Fine Art Paper
Mahlstedt Gallery is very pleased to offer limited edition prints on Fine Art Paper of our represented contemporary works of art. Most of the beautiful original work that we show through the gallery can be yours in a choice print, available in a wide range of sizes to fit in your space. Our diverse line of original artwork is professionally printed on museum grade Fine Art Paper that won’t fade or yellow. Mahlstedt Gallery limited edition Fine Art Paper prints are produced on our state-of-the-art professional color printer that replicates the finest detail. Our expert printers hand-number and seal every print with the Mahlstedt Gallery seal of authenticity. We roll and package each piece with care and include white gloves, to make it easy for you to maintain and enjoy your beautiful limited edition fine art!
Prints on Canvas
Mahlstedt Gallery takes great pride in the craftsmanship of our artisan canvases, hand-stretched to perfection in the USA. Our gallery canvases are stretched on North American basswood, known for its stability and the wood of choice used in museum exhibitions. Mahlstedt’s professional crafters stretch all canvases meticulously, with close attention to symmetry and seamless edges. Each canvas is measured in proportion to the original artworks, to produce highly detailed editions that are both classic and contemporary. Our canvas prints come equipped with a sawtooth hanger and white gloves, making it easy for you to install and enjoy your beautiful limited edition fine art right out of the package!
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Our fine art limited edition prints are made-to-order by our own expert in house staff, inspecting each piece to make sure it has been made to perfection. We use only premium materials.
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Mahlstedt gallery is proud to be 100% made in the USA!! All Mahlstedt Gallery prints are made and assembled in the USA at our gallery in New York.
This Art Painting Original Is…
Made In Switzerland
Signed by the artist on the Back Bottom Right.
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Wunderlich was the second child of Horst and Gertrude (née Arendt) Wunderlich. After a time as Flakhelfer and a prisoner of war, he moved to his mother in Eutin, graduated from the Johann Heinrich Voss Gymnasium, and then visited the Palace School of Art in the Orangery of Eutin Castle. In 1947 he became a student at the Landeskunstschule in Hamburg, where he was in the Free Graphics class of William Tietze. His classmates included Horst Janssen and Reinhard Drenkhahn. After a hiatus, Wunderlich began studying again in 1950 with Willem Grimm and graduated in 1951. He then worked as a lecturer at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, teaching lithography and etching. Also in 1951 he printed for Emil Nolde ("The King and his men", etching) and in 1952 for Oskar Kokoschka, the graphics suite "Ann Eliza Reed" of eleven lithographs. With the earnings he spent three months in Ibiza. In 1955 he received a scholarship from the Cultural Committee of German Industry.
After an early, essentially realistic creative period from around 1959, he developed his characteristic style. His early works show a dismembered body, disproportioned in front of an empty background. In the 1960s he was influenced by art movements such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau.
In 1960, the cycle of lithographs "qui s'explique" was seized by the Hamburg prosecutor for indecent depictions. Wunderlich received the 1961 Prize of the Youth for graphics. With the prize money, he moved to Paris. In 1962, he worked in the workshop Deskjoberts in Paris.
In 1963 he returned to Hamburg and as a successor of George Gresko was professor at the Hochschule until 1968. In 1969 he started the creation of bronze sculptures and statues, influenced by Salvador Dalí. In 1976, he issued a limited edition of multicolored heliographs that illustrated James Joyce's Giacomo Joyce.
Wunderlich had also destroyed some of his art after having spent some time on it. He had looked at it and decided he no longer like it. At another time his art had gotten him in trouble, officials came knocking on his door and ruined years’ worth of his work for being too strange.
Paul Wunderlich married photographer Karin Székessy in 1971, and the couple pursued art projects together. Fritz J. Raddatz documented and commented.
Wunderlich lived and worked in Hamburg and Saint-Pierre-de-Vassols (Provence).
Wunderlich died in Provence on June 6, 2010 at the age of 83.