Ghisha Koenig Metal Punchers II 1957

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Artist
Ghisha Koenig 1921–1993
Title
Metal Punchers II
Date 1957
Medium Terracotta on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 410 x 510 x 266 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Sarah Tuckman, the artist's daughter 1995
Reference
T06930
Not on display

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Ghisha 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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