Large (49 1/2" square) oil on canvas painting with gray and cream areas offset by a small central detailed realistic style portrait, signed at lower left "Mati Klarwein" and dated 1980. On the reverse affixed to protective panels is a New York City framer's label. MATI KLARWEIN (1932-2002) was a twentieth century artist who is best known today for his album cover art of the 1960's and 1970's. During this period his work graced the covers of albums by Miles Davis, Santana, the Chambers Brothers, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Born in Germany, Klarwein fled the rise of Hitler, moving to Israel with his family. Klarwein's father designed the Knesset building in Jerusalem. The artist fled war there in 1948 and moved to Paris, studying with Fernand Leger. In later years he traveled widely on many continents, absorbing ethnic imagery and incorporating it into his work. The artist's unique style comprising Surrealism and psychedelic mystic images became popular in the 1960's. He met Jimi Hendrix and was inspired by meeting Salvador Dali. Klarwein completed portraits of Noel Coward, Juliette Binoche, Richard Gere, Michael Douglas and Brigitte Bardot. His art has been auctioned at Heritage Auctions, in the Entertainment category. This painting is in good condition with just a bit of foreign matter smudge in the signature area. I did not want to rub the area, but a restorer could certainly remove it easily. There is a narrow simple metal frame. As the work is large, contact me to discuss shipping options. Local Southern California pick up welcome.
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