Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Island of Lost Desire, 1975

Signed Friedensreich Hundertwasser woodcut, Island of Lost Desire, 1975

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Artist:Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000)

Title:Island of Lost Desire, 1975

Reference:Koschatsky 70; Barbican 755A

Medium:Japanese woodcut on Japon paper printed in 19 colors

Image Size:6 7/8 in x 5 3/4 in (17.5 cm x 14.6 cm)

Sheet Size:8 in x 7 in (20.3 cm x 17.8 cm)

Framed Size:25 1/4 in x 24 in (64.1 cm x 61 cm)

Edition:Numbered 362/999 in black ink in the lower center margin (to the left of the signature); part of the signed and numbered book, Hundertwasser’s Japanese Colour Woodcuts 1960 – 1975

Signature:Hand signed by Hundertwasser (Vienna, 1928- RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, 2000)

Condition:In excellent condition with strong bold colors.

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Historical Description of this artwork

Created in Tokyo in 1978, this Japanese woodcut is after an original mixed media work by Hundertwasser (Vienna, 1928- RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, 2000) from 1975.  This print was included as part of the signed and numbered book, Hundertwasser’s Japanese Colour Woodcuts 1960 – 1975, printed by M. Uchikawa, Tokyo in 19 colors and published by Gruener Janura, Glarus.

This beautifully vibrant and incredibly colored woodblock Hundertwasser (Vienna, 1928- RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, 2000) print features an astounding array of 19 colors, each visible to the delicate surface of the print.  Each color has been printed and applied with minute detail; the trunk of the tree alone three or four varying shades of brown, grey, marigold, and silver while the tablecloth is an intricate, quilted pattern of blues, teals, magentas, and pinks.  Along the border and margins of the print are the Japanese characters unique to the book from which they came, with the artist’s signature, copyright, and red character stamp along the bottom margin.

Illustrated In:
1.    Barbican Centre for Arts & Conferences (1976/1983). Austria Presents Hundertwasser to the Continents. Gruener Janura AG: Glarus. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 755A on pg. 525 (another example illustrated).  Original mixed media is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 755 on pg. 266.

2.    Koschatsky, W. & Kertész, J. (1968). Friedensreich Hundertwasser: The complete graphic work, 1951 – 1986. Rizzoli: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 70 on pgs. 164-5.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About The Framing:
This Hundertwasser art is displayed in a sleek, black and gold frame.  Modern detailing runs the length of the moulding which accentuates Hundertwasser’s symmetry and geometry around the image.  The framing is completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet.  The work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.

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Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000)

Friedensreich Hundertwasser Biography

The eccentric and playfully self-advertising Viennese artist known as Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born as Friedrich Stowasser on 15 December 1928. He did not assume his nom d’artiste until 1949 (‘sto’ meaning ‘one hundred’ in Slavic languages and ‘Wasser’ meaning ‘water’). Even in adolescence Stowasser brought home reports from school attesting to his ‘exceptional feeling for colour and form’. After taking the examinations qualifying for university entrance, Hundertwasser spent three months at the Viennese Art Academy studying under Professor Robin Christian Andersen. Hundertwasser was, however, more indebted to the work of Egon Schiele and Walter Kampmann, which he saw at their exhibitions, than to the brief period of academic instruction. Hundertwasser travelled extensively in Italy, where he met René Brô, whom he accompanied to Paris. Hundertwasser had thought of continuing formal training at the École des Beaux-Arts but spent only one day at that institution. Instead he found the numerous and adventurous trips he took to Morocco, Tunisia, Nepal, Tokyo and Siberia inspirational for the path he intended to follow. Taking Viennese Jugendstil as his point of departure, Hundertwasser developed an abstract, decorative, two-dimensional and vibrantly colourful, utterly distinctive style distinguished by ornamental spiral and labyrinth forms, circles, meanders and biomorphic shapes. During the 1960s Hundertwasser was extremely successful, with a 1962 retrospective in the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale and a 1964 retrospective mounted by the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover. In addition, the first comprehensive catalogue of his œuvre was published. Active in the ecological movement, Hundertwasser was committed to making life liveable in a humane environment that was close to nature. He furthered his aims by issuing manifestos and making provocative public appearances, for instance giving a speech in the nude (1968) in Vienna. Between 1968 and 1972 Hundertwasser rehauled the old sailing vessel ‘San Giuseppe T’ at docks in the Venice lagoon, rechristened it ‘Regentag’ [‘Rainy Day’], and going to see in it several times. So versatile and prolific was Hundertwasser that he also designed coins and stamps for Austria, Senegal and the UN from the 1970s. Moreover, Hunderwasser was the first European artist to have work carved by Japanese master carvers. In 1981 Hundertwasser was appointed head of the master classes for painting at the Viennese Art Academy. The famous Hundertwasser House in Vienna, begun in 1983, attests to Hunderwasser’s skill as an architect. The year before he died, Hundertwasser was working on a catalogue raisonné of his works and presented the Uelzen Station architectural project. Hundertwasser died on a cruise ship off New Zealand in 2000.

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