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Catalogue Raisonne Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Taschen double jumbo series) (English and German Edition) Hardcover – Box set, January 31, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Taschen double jumbo series
  • Hardcover: 1792 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Limited edition edition (January 31, 2003)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3822862207
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822862209
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 5.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,145,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sumptuous visual pleasure, Catalogue Raisonne compiles the entire oeuvre of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Divided into two volumes and packaged in a handsome cloth and velvet slipcase, the set comes with a limited-edition lithograph stamped by the artist's estate; the whole presentation is a work of art in its own right. Volume one provides an in-depth biography of the artist by Wieland Schmied, an art historian and friend of the subject. Weiland considers such high points as Hundertwasser's year-long quest to create a single tapestry without a pattern, his "speeches in the nude," and his abiding environmentally conscious aesthetic. Hundertwasser's love of ecology was naturally reflected in his paintings and tapestries, which are permeated by strings and whorls of vibrant colors, organic forms and nary a straight line. He carried the visions he conveyed on canvas into architecture, designing amorphous, delightful buildings that come as close to Dr. Seuss as physics allow. Volume two is a sometimes overwhelming compendium of his life's work—painting by painting, sketch by sketch. Hundertwasser oversaw the production of Taschen's grand tribute, and his influence can be felt in the layout and text of the volumes. He died shortly after his work on the Catalogue Raisonne was completed, aboard the Queen Mary II. While not necessarily intended as such, the set is a loving final tribute to the artist. -- Ryan Boudinot --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Wieland Schmied is an art critic and essayist. He was director of the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover, where he organized the first big Hundertwasser retrospective in 1964, with an accompanying catalogue raisonné. From 1974 to 1975 Wieland Schmied was chief curator at the Berliner Nationalgalerie, from 1978 to 1986 the director of the German Artist Exchange Program (DAAD), Berlin and afterwards director of the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently President of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

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By AR Callo on March 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What an outstanding publication! Pricy, but well worth the expense! An essential reference on the works of Hundertwasser, complete, detailed, all beautifully presented. OUTSTANDING Collector's item. A MUST for any collector or lover of the works of Hundertwasser!
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THe book was exactly as described, packaged properly so it arrived on time with no damage
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By mo on October 18, 2014
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The ABSOLUTE BeSt ! ! !
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David S. Stone on March 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A must-have for all Hundertwasser enthusiasts. I ordered mine mid 2001, so escaped the price rise - it helped ease the financial pain, but I'd buy it anyway. It's not what I expected - lots of glossy prints, though there are plenty - but the catalog was an eye-opener - I never realised just how broad his ouvre was, and am now chasing other goodies for the collection. The biographical info was very interesting too - it gives a good insight into very creative man.
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