Thursday, 5 May 2011
I have written about the illusion of movement in paintings. There may also be an illusion of movement in sculptures. There are two types of movement in sculptures. There is actual movement, i.e. mobile sculptures. There is also depicted movement. The above sculpture, The Avenger (1914, bronze) by German artist, Ernst Barlach implies movement. The long broad horizontal and diagonal directions of the robe’s edges and the forward thrust of the head and shoulders contribute to the illusion of movement. (O. Ocvirk et al, Art Fundamentals Theory and Practice) The base of the sculpture is a downward wedge. Barlach did this sculpture at the beginning of the first world war when he was a nationalist; it represented the unstoppable force of the German army. Several war memorials by Barlach including a wooden version of The Avenger along with other art were removed by the Nazis as offensive to the national sensibility.
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Posted by Arlene Babad, artist at 03:34