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Cowering Woman
  • © Urheberrechte am Werk erloschen
  • Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
    • Hugo Lederer (1871 - 1940)

  • TitleCowering Woman
  • Date1902
  • CategorySkulptur
  • MaterialSchlesischer Marmor (rotbraun)
  • Dimensions45 x 30 x 38 cm (Objektmaß)
  • FondsStudiensammlung Waldemar Grzimek
  • Inventory NumberBG-S-SG 1114/87
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln des Senators für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten Berlin,, 1985
  • On DisplayNo
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With folded arms and bowed head, a female nude cowers on a small plinth with a coarsely carved edge. With this sculpture, Lederer, trained as an artisan since 1885 and running a successful sculptor’s workshop but a decade later, reacts to obvious models from the High Renaissance such as Michelangelo’s “Crouching Boy” of 1530 in the St. Petersburg Hermitage. Like the latter, Lederer’s “Cowering Woman” takes on an elaborately contorted posture which serves to reduce the figure’s volume to a block-like density. This particular characteristic, in connection with the turned head and the striking texture of the stone, robs the figure of any narrative or psychological content and points to Lederer’s most famous work, the monumnet to Bismarck (1906) in Hamburg, in which he further developed tectonic stringency and formal abstraction. (Text: Stahlhut; Übersetzung: Werner Merz)