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Gemaine Richier

Le Griffu

Information about the artwork

  • MaterialBronze
  • Dimensions82 x 86 x 80 cm
  • On viewCurrently not exhibited

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

Artwork: "Untitled (Roses)" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 yes Upper floor
Artwork: "Lepanto IV" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Lepanto IV, 2001 yes Upper floor
Artwork: "Studio (with Bacchus Painting) (Gaeta)" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Studio (with Bacchus Painting) (Gaeta), 2003 yes Upper floor
Artwork: "The Black Dress" from Alex Katz
Alex Katz The Black Dress, 1960 yes Ground floor
Artwork: "Thermopylae (Meudon)" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Thermopylae (Meudon), 1990 yes Upper floor