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b. 1932 - d. 2002

Abdul Mati Klarwein (April 9, 1932 – March 7, 2002) was a French painter of German origin best known for his works used on the covers of music albums.

Mati Klarwein was born in Hamburg, Germany. His mother Elsa Kühne was an opera singer and his father Joseph Klarwein was a Brick Expressionist architect and later with the Bauhaus movement.[1] His family was of Jewish origin and they fled to the British Mandate of Palestine when he was two years old, after the rise of Nazi Germany. In 1948 when the territory became Israel, his family traveled to Paris. There Mati studied from 1949 to 1951 with Fernand Léger, and attended the art schools École des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian.[2]

Klarwein added "Abdul" (which means "servant" in Arabic) to his name in the late 1950s to express his sentiments about the hostility between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East: he felt that to understand each other better, every Jew should adopt a Muslim first name, and vice versa.[3] In 1956 he met Kitty Lillaz, and traveled with her around the world, including Tibet, India, Bali, North Africa, Turkey, Europe and the Americas.

In the early 1960s he settled for a while in New York City, meeting Jimi Hendrix. At a New York exhibition in 1961, organized by Lillaz for the unveiling of the painting Flight to Egypt[4] Klarwein met Salvador Dali for the first time, whom he called a spiritual father.[5] The same year he met his wife Sofia Klarwein.[2] Among other painters he met more often was Arik Brauer.[2] In 1965, he obtained French citizenship with the support of André Malraux.

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        • MATI KLARWEIN, WALKING ON WATER (MARILYN MONROE), LITHOGRAPH
          Jan. 01, 2024

          MATI KLARWEIN, WALKING ON WATER (MARILYN MONROE), LITHOGRAPH

          Est: $275 - $375

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe) Year: circa 1980 Medium: Lithograph, signed in pencil Edition: AP Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati Klarwein - Improved Painting III. The Self-Portrait of Joseph Burgess
          May. 06, 2023

          Mati Klarwein - Improved Painting III. The Self-Portrait of Joseph Burgess

          Est: - €4,000

          Improved Painting III. The Self-Portrait of Joseph Burgess Öl auf Leinwand (Diptychon). 1982-83. Jeweils 51 x 41 cm. Monogrammiert und datiert bzw. rückseitig signiert, datiert und betitelt. (42) Farblich ebenso diskrete wie absolut eigenwillige Malerei des für seine vielfigurigen Illustrationen vieler Plattencover bekannten Künstlers. Beide Gemälde sind auf verschiedenen Leinwänden gemalt und aufgrund der abweichenden Datierung in einigem zeitlichen Abstand voneinander entstanden, wobei die links positionierte Malerei den Ausgangspunkt für ihre Verzerrung bildet. - Offenbar vom Künstler selbst in einem Hinterglasrahmen arrangiert und auf dessen Rückwand wohl von fremder Hand bezeichnet. - Sehr gut erhalten.

          Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
        • Mati Klarwein, Tennis Balls, Lithograph
          Dec. 17, 2022

          Mati Klarwein, Tennis Balls, Lithograph

          Est: $400 - $500

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Tennis Balls Year: 1978 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: H.C. 23 Image Size: 23 x 23 inches Size: 25 x 25 in. (63.5 x 63.5 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph
          Apr. 06, 2022

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph

          Est: $400 - $500

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe) Year: circa 1980 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • MATI KLARWEIN (GERMAN, 1932-2002) PORTRAIT OF DANIEL H. SILBERBERG, 1955 Oil and tempera on canvasboard: 14 3/4 x 11 3/4 in., 20 x 1...
          Mar. 24, 2021

          MATI KLARWEIN (GERMAN, 1932-2002) PORTRAIT OF DANIEL H. SILBERBERG, 1955 Oil and tempera on canvasboard: 14 3/4 x 11 3/4 in., 20 x 1...

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          MATI KLARWEIN (GERMAN, 1932-2002) PORTRAIT OF DANIEL H. SILBERBERG, 1955 Oil and tempera on canvasboard: 14 3/4 x 11 3/4 in., 20 x 17 in. (framed) Framed in original gold velvet lined frame; upper left dated and signed: ANNO MCMlV / Mati /S / PINXIT; verso label with care instructions signed: Mati Note: Warhol called him "the most famous unknown painter in the world," and viewing the scope and reach of Mati Klarwein's work it is easy to see just how true that is. Klarwein's oeuvre is probably best known for the albums his works have graced the covers of rather than his individual canvases. His work is on the covers for artists Earth, Wind & Fire, Miles Davis, and Santana, to name a few, and his paintings are a highly influential set of imagery from the psychedelic 1960s and 70s. Both the present portraits are wonderful pieces from an artist whose impact has just recently started to be fully realized. Born in Hamburg in 1932, Klarwein fled Germany for Palestine with his parents at the age of 2. He and his mother moved in 1948 to Paris, where he later studied with artist Fernand Leger and was introduced to the works of Salvador Dali and the realm of Surrealism. By the 1960s and 70s, while working in New York, Klarwein was an integral part of the psychedelic countermovement. Jimi Hendrix was a fan of his work and the two were close collaborators. Klarwein's imagery, though, defies any genre and his portraits and landscapes show a keen eye and delicate painterly skill in their creation. The present works are two great examples from the portraiture aspect of Klarwein's early oeuvre. The self-portrait was painted as a young man and the introduction of seemingly random elements, like the peppers, show an inclination towards the surreal that would mark Klarwein's career. The details in the portrait of Daniel H. Silberberg also highlight Klarwein's painterly skill with oil and tempera and his ability to create powerful imagery through a simple portrait. Provenance: From the artist to the Daniel H. Silberberg family and by descent

          Potomack Company
        • MATI KLARWEIN (GERMAN, 1932-2002) SELF PORTRAIT WITH PEPPERS, 1954 Oil and tempera on canvas laid on board: 12 3/4 x 18 1/4 in., 16...
          Mar. 24, 2021

          MATI KLARWEIN (GERMAN, 1932-2002) SELF PORTRAIT WITH PEPPERS, 1954 Oil and tempera on canvas laid on board: 12 3/4 x 18 1/4 in., 16...

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          MATI KLARWEIN (GERMAN, 1932-2002) SELF PORTRAIT WITH PEPPERS, 1954 Oil and tempera on canvas laid on board: 12 3/4 x 18 1/4 in., 16 x 22 1/4 in. (framed) Framed in original gold velvet lined frame Note: Warhol called him "the most famous unknown painter in the world," and viewing the scope and reach of Mati Klarwein's work it is easy to see just how true that is. Klarwein's oeuvre is probably best known for the albums his works have graced the covers of rather than his individual canvases. His work is on the covers for artists Earth, Wind & Fire, Miles Davis, and Santana, to name a few, and his paintings are a highly influential set of imagery from the psychedelic 1960s and 70s. Both the present portraits are wonderful pieces from an artist whose impact has just recently started to be fully realized. Born in Hamburg in 1932, Klarwein fled Germany for Palestine with his parents at the age of 2. He and his mother moved in 1948 to Paris, where he later studied with artist Fernand Leger and was introduced to the works of Salvador Dali and the realm of Surrealism. By the 1960s and 70s, while working in New York, Klarwein was an integral part of the psychedelic countermovement. Jimi Hendrix was a fan of his work and the two were close collaborators. Klarwein's imagery, though, defies any genre and his portraits and landscapes show a keen eye and delicate painterly skill in their creation. The present works are two great examples from the portraiture aspect of Klarwein's early oeuvre. The self-portrait was painted as a young man and the introduction of seemingly random elements, like the peppers, show an inclination towards the surreal that would mark Klarwein's career. The details in the portrait of Daniel H. Silberberg also highlight Klarwein's painterly skill with oil and tempera and his ability to create powerful imagery through a simple portrait. Provenance: From the artist to the Daniel H. Silberberg family and by descent

          Potomack Company
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph,
          Nov. 27, 2020

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph,

          Est: $250 - $350

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe) Year: circa 1980 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati Klarwein German, 1932-2002 Untitled, 1970
          Sep. 17, 2020

          Mati Klarwein German, 1932-2002 Untitled, 1970

          Est: $7,000 - $9,000

          Mati Klarwein German, 1932-2002 Untitled, 1970 Signed and dated Mati Klarwein 70 (ul) Oil on Masonite 40 x 43 inches (101.6 x 109.22 cm) Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the current owner C 

          Doyle New York
        • Mati Klarwein, Tennis Balls, Lithograph
          Jun. 27, 2020

          Mati Klarwein, Tennis Balls, Lithograph

          Est: $350 - $450

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Tennis Balls Year: 1978 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: H.C. 23 Image Size: 23 x 23 inches Size: 25 x 25 in. (63.5 x 63.5 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati Klarwein, large scale oil on canvas, 1982
          Jun. 04, 2020

          Mati Klarwein, large scale oil on canvas, 1982

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Mati Klarwein (German/American, 1932-2002), Portrait of Donatella with Cats, mixed technique, oil and tempera on canvas, signed "Mati Klarwein" and dated at lower left, 40.25"h x 40.5"w (canvas), 41"h x 41.25"w (strip frame)

          Millea Bros Ltd
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)
          Feb. 22, 2020

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas".Rare print, Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)
          Dec. 28, 2019

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas".Rare print, Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)
          Nov. 30, 2019

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas".Rare print, Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)
          Oct. 27, 2019

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas".Rare print, Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)
          Aug. 04, 2019

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas" (Rare Print)

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas".Rare print, Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas"
          Apr. 14, 2019

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas"

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas". Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Carlos Santana Signed Litho Abraxas
          Feb. 10, 2019

          Carlos Santana Signed Litho Abraxas

          Est: $400 - $800

          Hand Signed "Abraxas" litho by artist Mati Klarwein for the album Abraxas! Only 500 of these were signed by Carlos Santana. Great find! 25 x 30

          Four Seasons Auction Gallery
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas"
          Dec. 09, 2018

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas"

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas". Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph
          Nov. 29, 2018

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph

          Est: $300 - $400

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe) Year: circa 1980 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • MATI KLARWEIN (GERMANY, 1932-2002) POSTER PRINT
          Nov. 10, 2018

          MATI KLARWEIN (GERMANY, 1932-2002) POSTER PRINT

          Est: $50 - $100

          MATI KLARWEIN (GERMANY, 1932-2002) POSTER PRINT 1976 Promotional Poster Galerie Alexander Braumuller Paris 29 Avril - 5 Juin 1976 "Self Portrait"; signed in print, set under glass in painted wood frame by Jacobson Picture Frame Co, Pittsburgh PA ; Condition - Upper left & right corners have clear tape on them ; Measures: 16.5"H x 22.5"W; Frame 24.5"H x 18.5"W

          Ascendant Auction Galleries
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas"
          Oct. 21, 2018

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas"

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas". Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Mati Klarwein (German, 1932 - 2002) Portrait of Kenneth Lane with Desert Background oil and tempera on board 17 x 19 in. (43.2 x 48.3 cm.)
          Jun. 06, 2018

          Mati Klarwein (German, 1932 - 2002) Portrait of Kenneth Lane with Desert Background oil and tempera on board 17 x 19 in. (43.2 x 48.3 cm.)

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Mati Klarwein (German, 1932 - 2002)Portrait of Kenneth Lane with Desert Backgroundoil and tempera on board17 x 19 in. (43.2 x 48.3 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas"
          May. 31, 2018

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas"

          Est: $150 - $200

          Mati Klarwein - "Santana Abraxas". Plate signed edition of 9,800, 26 x 22.5

          Bruce Teleky Inc.
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph
          May. 11, 2017

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph

          Est: $200 - $400

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe) Year: circa 1980 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • KLARWEIN Mati, 1932-2002 [DE]. Livre "Mati & The Music". KLARWEIN Mati, 1932-2002 [DE].
          Jul. 09, 2016

          KLARWEIN Mati, 1932-2002 [DE]. Livre "Mati & The Music". KLARWEIN Mati, 1932-2002 [DE].

          Est: CHF400 - CHF500

          KLARWEIN Mati, 1932-2002 [DE]. Livre "Mati & The Music". KLARWEIN Mati, 1932-2002 [DE]. Édition limitée numéro 416/500, inclus le double disque vinyle 33 T inédit de Miles Davis "Copenhagen Live 1969" et le disque vinyle 33 T "Holly Terror" Label P-Vine Records PLP-6565 Édition Japon 1993 avec OBI.

          Galartis SA
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph
          May. 26, 2016

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph

          Est: $300 - $400

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe) Year: circa 1980 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph
          Jun. 25, 2015

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph

          Est: $200 - $400

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) Title: Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe) Year: circa 1980 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati KLARWEIN (1932-2002) Composition au portrait, 1976 Lithographie sur papier Signé, daté et numéroté 17/150 en bas 75 × 5...
          Apr. 29, 2015

          Mati KLARWEIN (1932-2002) Composition au portrait, 1976 Lithographie sur papier Signé, daté et numéroté 17/150 en bas 75 × 5...

          Est: €400 - €600

          Mati KLARWEIN (1932-2002) Composition au portrait, 1976 Lithographie sur papier Signé, daté et numéroté 17/150 en bas 75 × 55 cm

          Piasa
        • Mati KLARWEIN (1932-2002) Annonciation, 1976 Lithographie sur papier Signé, daté et numéroté 17/150 en bas 55 × 75 cm
          Apr. 29, 2015

          Mati KLARWEIN (1932-2002) Annonciation, 1976 Lithographie sur papier Signé, daté et numéroté 17/150 en bas 55 × 75 cm

          Est: €600 - €800

          Mati KLARWEIN (1932-2002) Annonciation, 1976 Lithographie sur papier Signé, daté et numéroté 17/150 en bas 55 × 75 cm

          Piasa
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph
          Mar. 26, 2015

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe), Lithograph

          Est: $300 - $400

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002)|| Title: Walking on Water (Marilyn Monroe)|| Year: circa 1980|| Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil || Edition: AP|| Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches|| Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati Klarwein (German, b. 1932)
          Apr. 01, 2014

          Mati Klarwein (German, b. 1932)

          Est: $1,500 - $2,000

          Mati Klarwein (German, b. 1932) >Portrait of Kenneth <br>signed 'MATI' (upper right) >oil on canvas <br>28 x 22 in. (71.1 x 55.9 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Mati Klarwein (German, b. 1932)
          Apr. 01, 2014

          Mati Klarwein (German, b. 1932)

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Mati Klarwein (German, b. 1932) >Untitled (Marilyn Monroe) <br>signed and dated 'MATI KLARWEIN 1961' (along the left edge); signed again and inscribed 'KLARWEIN PARIS' (on the reverse) >oil and tempera on canvas laid down on masonite <br>25½ x 36¼ in. (64.8 x 92.1 cm.) >Painted in 1961. <br>

          Christie's
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water, Marilyn Monroe Lithograph
          Feb. 20, 2014

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water, Marilyn Monroe Lithograph

          Est: $250 - $375

          Artist: Mati Klarwein, German (1932 - 2002) | Title: Walking on Water | Year: circa 1980 | Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil | Edition: AP | Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches | Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati Klarwein German, 1932-2002 Warrior and Young Woman
          Oct. 16, 2012

          Mati Klarwein German, 1932-2002 Warrior and Young Woman

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          Mati Klarwein German, 1932-2002 Warrior and Young Woman Signed Mathias Klarwein and dated 1967 (lr) Oil on canvas laid to masonite 46 x 34 inches C 

          Doyle New York
        • Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water, Lithograph
          Oct. 04, 2012

          Mati Klarwein, Walking on Water, Lithograph

          Est: $400 - $500

          Artist: Mati Klarwein | Title: Walking on Water | Year: circa 1980 | Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil | Edition: AP | Image Size: 15 X 21.5 inches | Size: 17.5 in. x 24 in. (44.45 cm x 60.96 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Mati Klarwein (German, 1932-2002)
          Feb. 29, 2012

          Mati Klarwein (German, 1932-2002)

          Est: £3,000 - £5,000

          Mati Klarwein (German, 1932-2002) Portrait of Donatella Horowitz signed and dated 'MATI KLARWEIN '74' (upper left) oil and tempera on board 38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Mati Klarwein (GERMAN, b.1932)
          Dec. 01, 2009

          Mati Klarwein (GERMAN, b.1932)

          Est: £1,000 - £1,500

          Mati Klarwein (GERMAN, b.1932) Heads oil on board 20 x 40 in. (50.8 x 101.6 cm.)

          Christie's
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