ARTISTS / Contemporary art
Matthias Mansen

The Good Life (Picnic) II
© Matthias Mansen / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Matthias Mansen

Das gute Leben (Picknick) II / The Good Life (Picnic) II, 2021

Color woodcut
57 × 76 cm

signed and dated lower right ; roman counted lower right and inscribed
(MANSEM/D 48)

€ 1.200
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Edition: unique
Series of 20 works

In Matthias Mansen's work, every print looks different - and this is not just a matter within an edition, which the artist aims for only as an exception. The inconspicuous picnic scene entitled "The Good Life" was published in the initial motif as an edition of 100 copies, while the 20-part work consists of unique prints using the same ten printing blocks. This kitchen piece follows a traditional subordination of still life, is simple in structure and cheerful in mood. However, the philosophical content should not be overlooked: here we are dealing with an ethical question, which was already addressed by the ancient world - that of the good life. Created during the pandemic, the real needs of man, which are necessary for happiness, are deliberately presented here: Means of life, to which art also belongs.
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