Peter Klasen and narrative figuration. Peter Klasen is an artist of German origin born on August 18, 1935 in Lübeck.
The second World War, partly due to the bombing of Lübeck and family losses, left him quite shocked and in the impression of having lost something. As a result, he has some difficulty readjusting to a more balanced life. He studied at the Gymnasium in Lübeck and learned art from his grandfather who was an antique dealer, then entered the Berlin School of Fine Arts and obtained a scholarship to study abroad, he chose France. In France, he was impressed by the representation of women in advertising posters in the metro, as shown by many of his works that are part of the narrative representation.
In 2009, a retrospective of his work was held in Lille.
His favorite theme was:
– The bright, often dominant colour. The eye is focused on this color before moving on to bright spots. Klasen frequently uses blue neon lights.
– Presence of a woman: In most of Klasen’s works, especially at the beginning of his career, he uses the woman’s body, but never in a complete way since it is always cut out, then this theme disappears and comes back later as in several of Klasen’s series that themselves belong to a series called Life is Beautiful.
For 1997 season the French importer SONAUTO decided to race in both FIA GT Championship & FRENCH GT FFSA Championship, with PORSCHE AG support. Gentleman racer F. LAFON and talented JP. JARIER raced together in 1998 and 1999. The team decided to have their car painted by German artist P.KLASEN, with as a result one of the nicest ART CAR ever produced.
The first car of the French team was chassis: WPOZZZ99ZWS393002.
On September 20th 1998 at the Bugatti in Le Mans LAFON heavily crashed the car during the French GT championship race.
A new car was immediately ordered by Lafon and Porsche AG supplied a brand-new car, chassis WPOZZZ99ZWS393012 in a rush. Lafon convinced Peter KLASEN to paint the same livery for the second time on the brand-new car that he will now use as a replacement of the previous damaged car.
Klasen repainted the car and named it “KLASEN 2”. On October 18th the new car was ready for the Magny-Cours round where it finishes second in the first race and wins the second race.
Thanks to #012, the team finished the 1998 season and won the 1998 championship title.
In 1999, the same team enters again the French GT Championship and secures another title, which gives to #012 two French GT consecutive wins. After 1999 season the car enters F. LAFON private collection and was sold in 2012. It was then used on rare occasions in demonstrations and was run in 2013 during LE MANS STORY. Since 1999 it has only be raced occasionally and was always kept ready to run in a dry and safe storage. It’s important to know that chassis #002 was repaired after it’s crash, but never repaint in KLASEN liver. Klasen has always expressed that its first work of art had been destroyed and the only one existing is now “Klasen 2” that he himself painted in September 1998.
#012, recently passed to its current owner, who entrusted the car to Sebastien CRUBILE’s renowned workshop: CRUBILE SPORT. Crubile undergone an important overhaul of the car to make it ready and competitive for some track action in the Global Endurance series or with the Master similar grid.