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Pedro Friedeberg Painting Obelisco Obelisco Hegeliano

US$5,250Asking Price


Pedro Friedeberg and Frida Kahlo were the only two Mexican artists Andre Breton recognized as part of the Surrealist movement, making Friedeberg the last of the Mexican Surrealists. Friedeberg’s obsessively crowded and meticulously detailed canvases often included references to Tantric scriptures, Aztec codices, Catholicism, Hinduism, and symbols of the occult. Although his paintings, filled to overflowing with surprise, were sometimes described as examples of Surrealism or fantastic realism, they are not easily definable in conventional categories. He used architectural drawing as the medium through which he created unusual compositions. Using the hallucinatory repetition of elements, he imparted a sense of irony and surfeit to his pictures to create an asphyxiating formal disorder. Friedeberg’s work is a product of highly conscious, if not self-conscious, thought.”-Juxtapoz.


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    Height: 24.75 in. (62.87 cm)Width: 20.75 in. (52.71 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
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    This work has a certificate of authenticity issued by the artist himself, which is delivered to the new buyer. The production technique: Acrylic and ink. The dimensions of the work without frame are: 48 cm high, 39 cm wide.
  • Seller Location
    Mérida, MX
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    1stDibs: LU3557313310412

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About the Artist

Pedro Friedeberg

The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg works in a richly detailed, surreal and eccentric artistic style that blends influences from neoclassical art, M.C. Escher and native Mesoamerican symbolism. He is best known for his Hand chair — a functional sculpture that is an icon of design-as-art. Friedeberg was born in Florence to German parents and moved with his mother to Mexico at the outset of World War II. As a university student in Mexico City in the 1950s, he initially studied architecture, but his designs for fantastical buildings ran afoul of his rationalist, Bauhaus-oriented teachers. By chance, his drawings came to the attention of Mathias Goeritz, the German-born avant-garde painter and sculptor. He encouraged Friedeberg and made him a protégé. Friedeberg credits his mentor for instilling in him a fanatical attention to detail in his work. Friedeberg produced his first Hand chair in 1961, and has since created numerous iterations. He has also made several variants using other human limbs in different functional forms such as tables and clocks. While Friedeberg’s sculptural pieces have a gentle character that is sometimes described as spiritual, his paintings are something entirely different. He employs deep perspective to create hypnotic, painstakingly rendered canvases that suggest rooms and cityscapes. Whatever the medium, Friedeberg’s work is arresting and instantly recognizable. The Hand chair, though familiar, remains a captivating piece — both furniture and artwork — that stands apart in any interior. Examples are often priced between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on formal variations (such as a foot-shaped pedestal), material and condition. Smaller functional items such as tabletop clocks bring about $9,000. His paintings and drawings require space; they are meant to be contemplated. Prices on original examples start at about $30,000; prints generally sell in the region of $900. As you will see on these pages, the art and design of Pedro Friedeberg is singular and memorable.
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