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Female Torso
  • © Urheberrechte am Werk erloschen
    • Ludwig Kasper (1893 - 1945)

  • TitleFemale Torso
  • Date1936
  • CategorySkulptur
  • MaterialBronze
  • Dimensions118 x 20 x 40 cm (Objektmaß)
  • Signatureunbezeichnet
  • Inventory NumberBG-S 2006/79
  • CreditlineSammlung VEBA, 1979
  • On DisplayNo
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Many young artists joined to form the studio collective Klosterstraße between 1933 and 1945. Bound together by their opposition to the NS-regime, the house of studios offered them a retreat from reality, which they experienced as oppressive. Those artists included Ludwig Kasper. His works reveal an existential balancing act: the need to realise his personal concept of art contends with a fear of attracting animosity due to even moderate modernism. At this time the French sculptor Aristide Maillol was an important role model for young artists. Kasper had got to know Maillol’s works during a period of study in Paris.

Kasper’s bronze figure conveys an archaic impression with its rigid pose and lively, brown-green surface. Her arms folded above her head, she appears to present herself to the viewer, yet remains uncommunicative. Her facial expression also seems thoughtful and melancholy. By reverting to pre-classical antiquity, Kasper discloses his opposition to the National Socialists and their official art.