Konrad Klapheck, ‘Die Ungeduld der Sphinx’, 1998, Ludorff

Image: 36.5 x 46.8 cm | 14 1/3 x 18 1/2 in
Sheet: 56 x 71 cm | 22 x 28 in
Edition of 100 and several h.c.
Printed by Peter Bramsen, Paris
Catalogue Raisonné by Wessolowski 2015 no. 39b

Signature: Signed, numbered »47/100« and titled »L'impazienza della sfinge«

Kunstfoyer, Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, »Konrad Klapheck: Das Graphische Werk«, Munich 2015

Tanja Wessolowski, »Konrad Klapheck. Werkverzeichnis der Druckgraphik«, in: Siegfried Gohr/Isabel Siben (ed.), »Konrad Klapheck. Das graphische Werk«, exh.cat., Kunstfoyer, Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, Munich 2015, no. 39b

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About Konrad Klapheck

Konrad Klapheck is best known for his painterly explorations of technical equipment, machinery, and everyday objects, including typewriters, sewing machines, water taps, showers, telephones, irons, and saws. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Max Ernst, Klapheck combines Surrealism and Pop Art in images of contemporary objects that are both ironic and charged with psychology and sexuality. For example, in Die Kapitulation (The Capitulation) (1966), a telephone handset rests on a wooden chair, its cable coiling suggestively into an orifice in the wall. More recently Klapheck has painted portraits of colleagues and celebrities from the international art scene. He studied under the painter Bruno Goller.

German, b. 1935, Dusseldorf, Germany