Ghisha Koenig
Metal Punchers I 1957

Artwork details

Ghisha Koenig 1921–1993
Metal Punchers I
Date 1957
Medium Terracotta on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 500 x 600 x 310 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1995
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1950

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Like many artists in this display, Koenig was interested in the lives of the working class. From the mid-1950s onwards she regularly sketched people working in factories. These drawings were the source material for her sculptures.

The bronzes capture people in all their physical diversity, performing their allotted tasks with varying degrees of enthusiasm. As such they were not idealised visions of the dignity of labour but purported to be truthful records of factory life.

September 2004

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