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Mixed media on canvas

130 x 97 cm

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Mixed media on aluminium

100 x 130 cm

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Mixed media on aluminium

130 x 100 cm



Born in 1935 in Lübeck, Peter Klasen is a painter, photographer and sculptor in Germany. Mastering contrasts, he is fascinated by the hostility of the modern city and by representations of the human body as a merchandise.

From 1956 to 1959, Peter Klasen studied at the avant-garde Berlin University of the Arts. In 1959, after being laureate of the price of the german industry patronage, he obtained a scholarship and settled in Paris.

During the 60s, Peter Klasen is one among the founder of the art movement called Nouvelle Figuration or Figuration Narrative. He creates a personnal and unique artistic language, exploring and interpreting again and again signs of our cities and more generally our society. His themes are images that are stille nuexploited by the mass media, and he condemns Western standardisation by all his picturial metaphors.

In the 70s, Peter Klasen becomes a famous artist and paints his “binary paintings”, based on the opposition between a part of the human body and an item, painted or integrated, revealing all his anxiety about the split of the “being” and “the “having” in our contemporary society. Also Peter Klasen wants to find a balance between sensuality that is pleasant and industry that is disgusting according to the artist.