Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1939-2012) – Austrian artist and architect
Signed lower right in ink “Dunkelbunt”
Numbered lower right in ink ‘3661’/10001 10002
With the red inkan stamps ‘Ho Wa’ and ‘Hyaku Sui’
With the stamp ‘Venezia 14. Febbraio 1984’
With the work number ‘860’, the title and the color key lower left in the print
With the metal imprinted stamps of the publisher, the printers and the coordinator
Unique color variant of the print ‘10 002 nights Homo Humus come va how do you do’
On verso with the list of the process and the variants
Published by Die Galerie, Offenbach on the Main
Printed at Quattrifoglio, Claudio Barbato and Giuseppe Barbato, Venice
Catalog raisonné: Koschatzky 83
Image dimensions: 63 x 45.3 cm
One particularly beautiful of the 10 002 color variants very elaborately executed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser; prints by the artist fetch over €26,000 at international auctions
When the publisher Volker Huber asked Hundertwasser to create a print for a projected portfolio together with six other artists and in an edition of 10 000 copies, the artist took the occasion to create the complete edition as unique color variants. Starting from the watercolor ‘Kopf mit weißen Fenstern‘ (Head with white windows) from 1954, Hundertwasser developed a color key and an elaborate printing concept that enabled the print of 10,002 sheets in differently coloring. The present variant is dominated by harmonious greens and blues.
The print is signed ‘Dunkelbunt’ and numbered ‘3661’/100001 10002 lower right in ink, as well as provided with the red inkan stamps ‘Ho Wa’ and ‘Hyaku Sui’ and the stamp ‘Venezia 14. Febbraio 1984‘. The color key for the color variant is printed lower left, as well as the work number ‘860‘ and the title. Additionally there are the metal imprinted stamps of the publisher, the printers and the coordinator. The sheet shows occasional small to tiny surface defects in the margins, an insignificant darkness along the edges, faint stains in the upper margin and very occasional unobtrusive handling creases. Overall the condition is good. The image measures 63 x 45.3 cm, the sheet 69.5 x 50 cm.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000)
Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, the famous Austrian artist started calling himself Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser in 1949 when he began studying at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. In the beginning he was strongly influenced by Schiele, later his numerous trips to Italy, France and North Africa had an increasing impact on his artistic development. In 1953 he used the spiral, which became the defining element of his painted work, for the first time. Hundertwasser described his art as ‘vegetative’. He worked in many graphical techniques such as lithography, silkscreen, etching and woodcut. In the 1970s Hundertwasser also turned to architecture. His first architectural models, like those for the Eurovision show ‘Wünsch Dir was’, presented his ideas of roof afforestation, tree tenants and the window right tenant. From the early 1980s Hundertwasser operated as an "architecture doctor". The construction of the residential complex for the City of Vienna (with the architects Krawina and Pelikan) in the Löwengasse was the beginning of his actual work in the field of architecture. In collaboration with Springmann and Pelikan, Hundertwasser completed many projects in Europe and overseas in the following years. In addition Hundertwasser created numerous art objects and designed posters, stamps, flags, coins, books and porcelain objects. He designed the ‘Vindobona’, a passenger ship of the DDSG Blue Danube (1995), and a Boeing 757 for the airline, Condor, Germany (not realized). On February 19, 2000, Friedensreich Hundertwasser died on his return from New Zealand, as one of the best-known and most influential artists in Europe. (fea)
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