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1968 had been a very eventful year for Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Reading the manifest “Los from Loos” (criticizing sterile architecture) was one of those events leading to a lot of publicity.
The order to create a new graphic (HWG 39) was placed by Herschel B. Chipp, who used to be the curator for modern art at the University Art Museum in Berkeley and a known connoisseur of Austrian art.
Chipp had been working on the exploration of life and work of Hundertwasser since 1966. A successful Hundertwasser-exhibition followed his research. This exhibition then went on tour – organized by Elvis Presley’s manager, Joachim Jean Aberbach. He and his brother Julian became one of the most important art collectors of Hundertwasser’s work in the USA.
HWG 39 “Sad not so sad is rainshine from Rainday on a rainy day” was a piece of art creating a new dimension regarding printing of silkscreens (coordinator: Alberto della Vecchia). First 10, after overprinting a total of 15 colors were printed; together with metal embossing.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser always preferred rainy days – he always stated that only on rainy days colors can show their brightness and true color.
Source: Walter Koschatzky, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Das vollständige druckgraphische Werk 1951-1986, Orell Füssli, 1986
On the graphics of Friedensreich HUNDERTWASSER you can find several signs and descriptions. By way of example we have chosen the silkscreen "Good Morning City - Bleeding Town":
1 - Color Usage Index
2 - Metal foil
3 - Color variations key
4 - Title of silkscreen
5 - Title of series
6 - Numbering of print
7, 8, 9 - Coin stamp of printing-office and publisher
10, 11 - Japanese stamp (inkan)
12 - Signature of Friensreich Hundertwasser in writing (date)
13 - WVZ of the original
14 - Phosphorescent colors
15 - Place and date of print
The artist signs his works in writing with ink in flowing hand, in Latin or in block letters, in uniform or combined way:
Stowasser, Fritz, Friedrich, Friederich, Friedereich, Friedenreich, Friedensreich, Hundertwasser, Regentag, Dunkelbunt(er).
We show you silkcuts, woodcuts and etchings as well as watches, silkscarfs, posters and artprints designed by the artist.
Situated in the artist's native town we feel a close synergy with his work, thus enabling us to provide competent advice to our customers. This has resulted from close contact with the artist and his opus for a long time, allowing us to secure the optimum pricing structure.
We have extensive connections with collectors, galleries, exhibitions and museums, allowing us to successfully trace and procure long lost graphic arts, rarities and originals.
© Pictures: Walter Koschatzky, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Das vollständige druckgraphische Werk 1951-1986, Orell Füssli 1986, Gruener Janura AG
For decades we have been selling contemporary art to a broad spectrum of international art lovers; we use a network of wold-wide contacts. You want to purchase Sad not so sad is rainshine from Rainday on a rainy day HWG 39 created by Friedensreich Hundertwasser?