Acrylic on hardboard by Gunter Fruhtrunk – Titled: Structur, 1961-1962

Original artwork by Gunter Fruhtrunk – Titled: Structur (Structure) created in 1961-1962

Acrylic on hardboard signed on the back.

Dimension: 154.5 x 158 cm

Exhibitions: Gunter Fruhtrunk, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, November 1963 and Gunter Fruhtrunk, Lorenzelli Gallery, Bergamo, February 1971

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Gunter FRUHTRUNK (1923 -1982)

Günter Fruhtrunk was born in Munich on May, 1923 and died in the same town on December, 12, 1982. He was a German painter and printmaker, classified as a geometric abstract artist and whose works relate also to the Op Art.

Fruhtrunk studied architecture at the Technische Hochschule in Munich, which he gave up after two semesters to join the army as a volunteer in the fall of 1941.  In 1945, Fruhtrunk began to study privately under the painter and printmaker William Straube in Neufrach, who was a student of Hölzel and Matisse.

In 1954 he received a scholarship from the Land Baden-Württemberg and the French Government and moved to Paris, to work in the studios of Léger and Arp.

During the 1960s the painter mainly lived and worked in France. In 1961 he received the Prix Jean Arp in Cologne and in 1966 he was awarded the silver medal of the Prix d’Europe in Ostende.

In 1963 he appeared in the film documentary “School of Paris: 5 Artists at Work” by American filmmaker Warren Forma.

In 1967, Fruhtrunk began teaching at the Munich art academy. It was Fruhtrunk who transformed the ideas of Constructivism to a colorful rhythmical pictorial world, by creating a dynamic language of form with vector-like diagonal lines arranged strictly rhythmically according to their alternating colors.

Fruhtrunk committed suicide in his studio at the Munich art academy on 12 December 1982.



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