Mythology and fiction

The earliest mythological figure to appear in Dunkel's work is the bull-man Minotaur, whom he probably became acquainted with through Picasso in the 1950s, but who he then made his main hero, as it were, far beyond Picasso and in his very own way. He drew him in the most diverse, often quite freely invented situations - as a perpetrator as well as a victim. He treated the mythological figures Centaur and Pan just as freely, as well as the events surrounding Daphne, Actaeon, Marsyas, Orpheus, Paris, Adonis, Europa with the Bull, Hector, and material from the Troy complex.

Without specific ties to archaic, ancient, or post-ancient representational traditions, he invented hybrid creatures and creatures of pure fiction and composed them into vivid groups.