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Gemaine Richier

Le Griffu

  • MaterialBronze
  • Dimensions82 x 86 x 80 cm
  • On viewCurrently not exhibited
  • Copyright© Rheinisches Bildarchiv, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

More about the artwork

The French artist Germaine Richier created mixed creatures comprising human, animal, and fantasy forms, which she herself called “hybrids.” She studied in Paris with Antoine Bourdelle, a student of Auguste Rodin, and from the 1940s she revolutionized sculpture. Having lived through wars and catastrophes, she wanted to make the fears associated with them visible in her artworks. “Le Griffu” bears witness to the nightmarish experiences of war, as well as to Richier’s fascination with myths and natural magic; the genderless, bent body with animal head and clawed appendages at the elbows turns out to be a strange beast, something between bat and human. Clamped to rigid rods, the bronze surface is fissured and perforated. Thus, the hybrid creature tells of the fundamental openness and vulnerability of the body and how it is in constant transformation. At the same time, this sculpture addresses the search for a new human image in the shattered reality of the 1950s.

Further artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus), 2005, UAB 487aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Bacchus), 2005 yes Upper floor
Schwarzer Scherenschnitt, der eine verzerrtes Profil einer Person zeigt, die ihren Mund weit geöffnet hat und deren Haare aussehen, als würden sie im Wind wehen.
Kara Walker Miss Rona’s Hello, 2020 yes Ground floor
Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Fall (5 Days in October), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia – Fall (5 Days in October), 1977 yes Ground floor
Gegenstandslose Malerei mit Pinselstrichen in den Farben Blau, Rot, Weiß und einem auffälligen gelben Farbfleck in der rechten oberen Bildhälfte. Vereinzelt sind kleine Symbole, Zahlen sowie Buchstaben zu erkennen.
Pope.L The Black Painting, 2015 yes Ground floor
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 646aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 yes Upper floor