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Description: Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Good Morning City Bleeding Town, 1969
serigraph in colors with embossed metallic foil leaf
signed in ink lower right, numbered 3698/10,000. 'Fabriano' blindstamp, Signed and dated 'Friedensreich, am 5. Dezember in Rom', inscribed 'Ca'Vallesina La Picaudière 686' in the screen
With two red ink chops and with the metallic embossed stamps of publisher, coordinator and printer, printed at Studio Quattro, Campalto-Venice
Published by Dorothea Leonhart, Munich.

From Friedrich Hundertwasser was born in Vienna, Austria in 1928 as Friedrich Stowasser, the son of a Jewish mother and a Christian father. At twenty-one he changed his name to Hundertwasser, translating the Slavic "sto" at the beginning of his name to the German "hundert".

He was eleven when the Nazis invaded Vienna but because his father had been a Christian he was allowed to go to school, but they were always afraid they would be denounced as Jews. The Hitler period left a deep emotional impact on Hundertwasser. He always carried a satchel that carried a passport, several foreign currencies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, his miniature painting set and color reproductions of his favorite paintings.

He used all kinds of material to paint on: wrapping papers, napkins, envelopes which he glued together. He painted slowly with fine bamboo Signed and dated 1969 lower right.

brushes and used a variety of media. The titles of his pictures emerge from the thoughts and ideas he had while at work; many of the pictures have two titles which often seem unrelated. Hundertwasser was one of the best-known painters on the European continent, although he had gained more recognition for his architecture.

He kept apartments in Vienna, Paris and Venice. He lived on a remodeled barge for a good part of the year; he also spent much of his time in New Zealand. He died aboard the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship in 2000.

33 1/2"H x 22 1/4"W

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May 16, 2020, 1:00 PM EST

Indianapolis, IN, US

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