Time (1965) by Abdul Mati Klarwein

Time - Abdul Mati Klarwein - 1965

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ArtistAbdul Mati Klarwein
Art MovementFantastic Realism
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About Time

The artwork “Time” by Abdul Mati Klarwein, created in 1965, is representative of the Fantastic Realism movement and falls within the genre of symbolic painting. It’s a part of the series “Visionary Psychedelia.” This vivid piece transcends ordinary perception, featuring a kaleidoscope of symbols and characters that invite interpretation across multiple layers of meaning.

Describing the artwork, it presents an intricate and symbolically rich composition. In the center, there’s an elderly figure with a long white beard and red clothing, surrounded by what appears to be an ecosystem of human, animal, and hybrid forms. This central figure is sitting cross-legged and serves as an anchor for a vibrant array of elements.

Above the central figure are two feminine faces flanking a smaller figure, resembling some form of divinity or higher consciousness. Each of the women has an aura of linear elements extending from the head and is holding a baby-like figure. The babies have varied skin colors, suggesting themes of unity and diversity.

Flowing from the sides of these auras are streams of water and flames, symbolizing perhaps the elemental forces of creation and destruction or the dual nature of existence. Around this scene is a circle with an undulating pattern, with smaller humanoid figures going around its circumference, which might be indicative of the cycle of life or the passage of time.

The background features a dark slate filled with hourglass motifs which further underscores the theme of time. The overall impression is one of mystical interconnectedness, where human experience, time, and cosmic elements are entwined in an ongoing dance of existence.

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