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date: 02 June 2020

Paalen, Wolfganglocked


Austrian, 20th century, male.

Active from 1939 then in 1945 naturalised in Mexico.

Born 1905, in Vienna; died 1959, in Mexico, committed suicide.

Painter, illustrator, poet.

Abstraction-Création group, Paris Surrealist group.

Paalen lived in Austria only briefly. He spent time in Italy, Berlin and Munich, where he studied painting under Hans Hofmann. Defended by the critic Julius Meier-Graefe, he first went to Paris in 1920, studied there in 1926, and settled in 1928. The Swiss sculptor Brignoni initiated him into Oceanian art. In 1939 he left Germany for Mexico. In 1945 he published a book ...

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