Album Cover Art

A look into the sometimes lost art of Album Cover Art

Posts Tagged ‘Mati Klarwein’

1970 Santana Abraxas

Posted by talesinthesun on November 24, 2008

If Miles Davis Bitches Brew can make the cut so can Santana’s Abraxas.  Another Mati Klarwein work with the typography by Bob Venosa.  The art was called The Annunciation and done in 1962.  Originally painted with oil paints and casein tempera on a canvas glued to a board.  Supposedly the Virgin Mary was modeled after Klarwein’s girlfriends.  The art was discovered 8 years later by Santana in a magazine and then proceeded to make it the cover and back of this album.


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1970 Miles Davis Bitches Brew

Posted by talesinthesun on November 19, 2008


Miles Davis is the next entry with his 1970 album, Bitches Brew.  I included the fold out section of the album to show both sections of the artwork by Mati Klarwein.  Klarwien did the art for a few of Miles Davis’ albums as well as Carlos Santana and many others.  He was born in Hamburg Germany in 1932 and feld to Palestine at the age of 2.  Growing up he turned into a world traveler and later studied with Salvador Dali.  His major art influences were surrealism and Timothy Leary once commented “Klarwein didnt need psychadelics” although his artwork often appeared that way.  Klarwein died at the age of 69 in 2002 with at least 30 album covers to his credit.

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