Vierge Marie (c.1970) by Abdul Mati Klarwein

Vierge Marie - Abdul Mati Klarwein - c.1970

Artwork Information

TitleVierge Marie
ArtistAbdul Mati Klarwein
Datec.1970
Art MovementFantastic Realism,Magic Realism
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About Vierge Marie

The artwork titled “Vierge Marie” was created by Abdul Mati Klarwein around 1970. As an artist, Klarwein is known for his works that encompass Fantastic Realism and Magic Realism, often blending elements of the mystical and the everyday in a surreal and vibrant manner. The painting falls within the religious and genre painting categories and is part of the “Visionary Psychedelia” series.

In the painting, a figure presumably representing the concept of the Virgin Mary is depicted in an unconventional manner. Situated on a beach, the figure is styled in contemporary clothing—a bathing suit with an intricate pattern—and sunglasses. The setting includes a pebbled shore with a vivid green and turquoise sea lined by a purple sky. A significant and striking feature is the rainbow-colored halo encircling the figure’s head, an element that traditionally symbolizes holiness in religious art. This halo is rendered with precise concentric circles, creating a stark contrast with the naturalistic background. The image is framed within a semi-circular arch, enhancing the sense of observing a tableau or an icon.

The overall effect conveys a blend of the sacred and the profane, the traditional and the modern, and the fantastical and the real—hallmarks of both Fantastic Realism and Magic Realism. Klarwein’s choice of colors, attention to detail, and fusion of symbolism with reality create a thought-provoking and visually stimulating work.

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