Art: Beauty in the Bizarre

Paul Wunderlich by any other name would be extraordinary, but the fact that in German wunderlich means strange, wondrous, bizarre is a stroke of poetic justice. More elegant than Beardsley, more graphic than Grünewald, more phantasmic than many of the Surrealists, his work is at once sensuous and intellectual, erotic and macabre, pungently realistic and wickedly funny.

He has long been recognized as one of the greatest graphic artists Germany ever produced; yet his reputation in New York and Paris has been largely underground, as if knowing collectors and cognoscenti loathed sharing his...

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