Artist: Wilhelm Freddie/unknown
Print: Offset lithography
Dimensions: 27.6 x 37.4 in (70 x 95 cm)
Condition: Overall fair condition - Minor pinholes, scattered ceases and signs of handling/folding - please see pictures. Some of the imperfections is coverable with a frame.
Dissemination: Quite rare
A great exhibition poster advertising the heydays of surrealism in Denmark in the period 1930-50. The art poster is dominated by a painting by the Danish painter, graphic designer and object artist, Wilhelm Freddie (1909-1995). Like the father of the psychoanalysis Wilhelm Freddie was occupied by the soul before reason as well as the lust and the flesh of the human.
Freddie was the only Danish artist who experienced being reported to the police for having produced "obscene works of art". He was given a staple punishment for its "pornographic excesses" in 1937. At a retrial in 1963 he was acquitted and the works were delivered back under great public sensation.
The title of Freddie's painting (on the poster) can be translated into: "My wife looks at the petrol engine and the dog looks at me" and was made in 1940.
Wilhelm Freddie was know to be a surreal loner as he stood out from other Surrealist artists in Denmark. Despite these facts he achieved great public recognition, prizes, honors and medals.
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