Wolfgang Paalen  (Austrian/Mexican, 1907-1959) 

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Wolfgang Paalen, From the Painter's Notebook (Del cuaderno del pintor)

 

Wolfgang Paalen
From the Painter's Notebook (Del cuaderno del pintor)
1948

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Wolfgang Paalen, Untitled (fumage)

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Untitled (fumage)
1940

Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art
Wolfgang Paalen, Untitled

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Untitled
circa 1954

Gallery Wendi Norris
Wolfgang Paalen, Béatrice Perdue (Beatrice Lost)

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Béatrice Perdue (Beatrice Lost)
1952

Gallery Wendi Norris
Wolfgang Paalen, Untitled (GEM)

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Untitled (GEM)
1951

Gallery Wendi Norris
Wolfgang Paalen, Messengers des trois pôles (Messengers from Three Poles)

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Messengers des trois pôles (Messengers from Three Poles)
1949

Gallery Wendi Norris
Wolfgang Paalen, Untitled

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Untitled
1939

Gallery Wendi Norris
Wolfgang Paalen, La balance – rêve interprété, vue gothique (The Balance – Interpreted Dream, Gothic Sight)

 

Wolfgang Paalen
La balance – rêve interprété, vue gothique (The Balance – Interpreted Dream, Gothic Sight)
1937

Gallery Wendi Norris
Wolfgang Paalen, Les Cosmogones

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Les Cosmogones
1944

Gallery Wendi Norris
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Wolfgang Paalen, Rêve de glaçon

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Rêve de glaçon
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Wolfgang Paalen, Composition

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Composition, 1940
ink on paper

 

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Wolfgang Paalen, Sur les hauts plateaux

 

Wolfgang Paalen
Sur les hauts plateaux, 1953
oil on canvas

 

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  Wolfgang Paalen was born in Vienna in 1905. His father was a wealthy businessman, his mother an actress. He became a member of Abstraction–Création in 1934 and was involved with the Surindépendants in Paris from 1932 to 1935. He became a member of the Surrealist movement in 1935 and invented a technique of painting with a smoking candle called 'Fumage.'

In 1939, fleeing the Nazi uprising in Europe, he moved to Mexico City and together with many poets and intellectuals was greeted enthusiastically. Paalen was a creative artist, and eventually rejected official Surrealism which he felt was oppressive. It was then that he began the concept of DYN.

He wrote about his liberation from the rigorous Surreal movement while in Mexico and published his magazine DYN. This magazine of opinion, poetry and fine art, also revealed the importance of 'ethnic art' and native peoples. Like Jacob Bronowsky of the Salk Institute who succeeded him, he worked on the implications of poetry, science and painting.

By 1944, Paalen had produced 6 issues of DYN where he began the serious exploration of automatism and it's development into consciousness and the unconscious. His writings and paintings stirred up great interest by artists everywhere and are today, in the new millennium, being discussed and embraced by artists, scientists and poets. Paalen's movement called Dynaton holds an important niche in art history.

His work is shown, and is in the collections of major museums around the world.