Paul Wunderlich  (German, 1927-2010) 

whitespace
Sculptor, painter, and printmaker Paul Wunderlich (German, 1927–2010) created Surrealist-influenced works that established him as a leading member of the Magic Realist circle of artists. Wunderlich was born in Eberwalde, Germany, and took graphic art classes in Hamburg as a youth; in 1951, he was offered a teaching position at the art school he attended, where he taught for over a decade. During that time, he learned printmaking techniques from famous artists Emil Nolde ( (German, 1867–1956) and Oskar Kokoschka (Austrian, 1886–1980). Wunderlich also began painting, using the free-form, Expressionist style of Tachism, but later abandoned it for more Figurative imagery.

Wunderlich’s first representational subject matter included recent scenes of Germany’s oppressive history during World War II, but his imagery later turned towards Surrealist-influenced works, featuring sexual imagery and fantastic, floating forms; some of these works were confiscated by the German government in 1960 and destroyed. Throughout the 1960s, Wunderlich experimented with sculpture and new painting techniques, including the use of airbrushes, stencils, and gouache in his works. Later, Wunderlich incorporated images and motifs from famous artists, such as Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867), and Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), into his pieces, and increasingly concentrated on sculpture. He held exhibitions throughout Europe, and was awarded several prizes for his work internationally, in Taiwan, Tokyo, and Florence. Wunderlich taught as a professor of graphic arts at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, and divided his time between Hamburg and France, until his death in 2010.

Find Paul Wunderlich artworks for sale worldwide, artworks that sold at auction, a detailed biography, and more information on the artist below.
envelope Get email alerts about this artist!  
Artworks for sale (7)
In Art Galleries (7)
Dealers selling (6)

Sold Artworks
In Past Auctions (2731)

artnet Magazine
Articles (1)

More Information
Biography
Monographs
artnet Analytics Reports
Market Reports
* paid service

Artworks for sale (7)


Paul Wunderlich, Die Pianistin

 

Paul Wunderlich
Die Pianistin
2001

universal arts Galerie Studio GmbH
Paul Wunderlich, Schöne mit Hund

 

Paul Wunderlich
Schöne mit Hund
2001

universal arts Galerie Studio GmbH
Paul Wunderlich, Maler und Modell

 

Paul Wunderlich
Maler und Modell
2001

universal arts Galerie Studio GmbH
Paul Wunderlich, Chasing Girls

 

Paul Wunderlich
Chasing Girls
Goldmark Gallery
Paul Wunderlich, Dame Mit Maske

 

Paul Wunderlich
Dame Mit Maske
1985

Andrew Weiss Gallery
Paul Wunderlich, Nike

 

Paul Wunderlich
Nike
circa 1980

RoGallery.com
Paul Wunderlich, Minotaurus

 

Paul Wunderlich
Minotaurus
circa 1980

RoGallery.com
  
Past auction results (2731)  View All
Paul Wunderlich, Spring

 

Paul Wunderlich
Spring, 1992
color woodcut

 

View Details
Paul Wunderlich, Autumn

 

Paul Wunderlich
Autumn, 1991
color woodcut

 

View Details
Paul Wunderlich, La chaussure

 

Paul Wunderlich
La chaussure
bronze w/gilt patina

 

View Details

1927   Born in Eberswalde, Germany on 10 March 1927.
1947   In 1947 he went to the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Hamburg, and studied graphic art. He extended his training by another semester to work under Willem Gremm.
1951 - 1961   In 1951 he was offered a teaching post at the school, which he held until 1961.
1960 - 1963   From 1960-1963 he lived and worked in Paris, where he perfected his lithograph technique at the printer Desjobert's workshop.
1963   In 1963 he became Professor for the Graphic Arts and Painting a post he holds to this day.
Married in 1963 to the photojournalist and fine art photographer Karin Szekessy (b. 1939, Essen), he sometimes paints and makes prints from the nude photographs made by Szekessy.
1964   In 1964, he was awarded the Japan Cultural Forum Award, Tokyo.
1967   In 1967, he received the Award Premio Marzotti, Italy.
1970   In 1970, he was awarded the Gold-Medal in Florence, Italy.
1978   In 1978, he received Gold-Medals at the Grafik-Biennale in Taiwan and in Bulgaria.
2004   A Different View, Gallery Claus Steinrötter, Munster, Germany (solo)
1994 - 1995   In 1994-95, he had retrospectives in several Japanese museums (Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Gifu).