Renowned German artist Wunderlich sculpts mythologicallegends, 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 andmotherhood. Her protruding golden belly appears to be bursting through itssurrounding skin, an analogous testament to the pain of childbirth.
Paul Wunderlich invites us to marvel at an exquisite example of amotif that’s explored throughout a number of his sculptures - the chess set.
With 16 black and 16 gold patinated figures, the tablebeautifully encompasses the dichotomous harmony of game.
The piece showcases superb artistry - grandiose yet elegant,and wonderfully unique.
This chess table comes with bronze figures (black figures have black patina ) all figures are numbered and signed and are edition of 1500
**included with this unique table and extra small white and black chess board
Paul Wunderlich completes his chess table with a fabulous set ofchairs to match.
Made from wood and black leather, the chairs are a displayof masterful craftsmanship, and their legs cleverly echo the dichotomy of thegame.
Strong vertical lines apparent in the chairs’ exterior arean example of Wunderlich’s fascination with the Art Deco movement.
A smaller version of Paul Wunderlich recurring motif, this smallerversion of A Game of Chess isexquisitely crafted.
Elegantly unique figures cast in black and gold patinabeautifully encompass the dichotomous harmony of game.
The board itself is made from treated wood, polished toprovide a fabulously glossy black and white finish.
The figures are made of bronze, they are finished with black patina.
Figures are numbered and signed in edition of 1500.
Renowned German artist Wunderlich sculptsmythological legends, drawing inspiration from both the Surrealist movement anderoticism.
We see the two influences at play verystrongly here. Nike, cast in bronze with green and gold patina, serves as asymbol of femininity and motherhood. Her protruding golden belly appears to bebursting through its surrounding skin, an analogous testament to the pain ofchildbirth.
*Minotaurus is depicted in strength, withsuperb muscular detailing representative of the Greek monster’s fabulous power.
Victoria presents us with a wonderful display of Wunderlich’s mythological influence.
The piece is sculpted in Surrealist style, cast in bronzewith gold and black patina.
Her headless figure is seen in profile, with smoothcurvature and robes representing the simplicity of the form.
Interestingly, the figure’s wings are arranged in shapesmore abstract than typical depictions, adding further to the Surrealist feel ofthis magnificent piece.
* This unique sculpture is signed and numbered in edition of 70
Wunderlich was the second child of Horstand Gertrude (née Arendt) Wunderlich. After a time as Flakhelfer and a prisoner of war, he moved to his motherin 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 Hochschulefür bildende Künste Hamburg, teaching lithography and etching. Also in 1951 he printed for Emil Nolde ("TheKing 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 ofmulticolored 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.