Abdul Mati Klarwein

Abdul Mati Klarwein, “Camouflage”, 1985-1987, Oil on Canvas

In 1948, Mati Klarwein moved to Paris where he enrolled at the Acadèmie Julian. He later studied with painter Fernand Leger, who introduced him to the art of Salvador Dalí, Buñuel, and the world of surrealism. Later in his life, he befriended Dalí, writing about his bizarre encounters with Salvador’s sexual behaviours in his book “Collected Works 1959-1975″. In Paris, Klarwein also met Viennese fantastic-realist painter Ernst Fuchs.

With Paris as his base, Mati Klarwein spent long periods of time traveling and painting portraits during summers in Saint Tropez. Together with his father, who had recently won the competition to build Israel’s Parliament, he started to build a house in the small village of Deia, Majorca, having fallen in love with the place.

Still best known for his art of the 1960s and 1970s, (featured in a vast collection of important album covers). Mati also worked more conventionally across a variety of genres including still life, landscape, and commissioned portraits. This landscape painting of the Mallorca area of Spain by Mati Klarwein, painted between 1985-1987, demonstrates the extraordinary level of detail that is a hallmark of his work.

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