Walking on Water (1961) by Abdul Mati Klarwein

Walking on Water - Abdul Mati Klarwein - 1961

Artwork Information

TitleWalking on Water
ArtistAbdul Mati Klarwein
Date1961
Art MovementFantastic Realism
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About Walking on Water

The artwork “Walking on Water” created by Abdul Mati Klarwein in 1961 is a symbolic painting that falls under the Fantastic Realism movement. It is part of the “Visionary Psychedelia” series. This piece of art features vivid colors and intricate patterns, depicting a theme that seems to reflect the unity and interaction of different elements of nature.

In the painting, we see a face emerging from swirling patterns of water, creating an almost lifelike appearance amidst the brilliant, liquid-like designs that ripple across the canvas. The water is vibrant, with a swirling amalgamation of colors suggesting movement and fluidity. Arabic script floats on either side of the figure, adding a mysterious or spiritual dimension to the scene.

A beautiful array of flowers in striking detail occupies the lower half of the composition, representing a diverse flora with rich hues and various shapes, textures, and sizes. These plants seem to be thriving, and their representation is teeming with life and energy, providing a stark contrast to the flowing, abstract patterns of the water above. The overall effect is one of surreal harmony, bridging the natural with the fantastical.

The artwork encapsulates themes characteristic of Fantastic Realism, blending realistic elements with dreamlike or fantastic imagery to create a space that challenges the viewer’s perception and invites contemplation on the interconnectivity of life and its myriad forms.

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