Oto Gutfreund
Cubist Bust 1912–3, cast c.1962–3

Artwork details

Oto Gutfreund 1889–1927
Cubist Bust
Date 1912–3, cast c.1962–3
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 616 x 591 x 445 mm, 71.7 kg
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Not on display

Display caption

Gutfreund saw Picasso’s painting when he was studying sculpture in Paris. On his return to Prague he tried to express the principles of Cubism in sculpture. It is thought that this was the last of a series of portraits of the artist's father. Rather than represent the subject's facial features or personality, Gutfreund constructed the figure using geometric volumes, attempting to create a dynamic relationship between the shapes and their surrounding space.

June 2009

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