Ghisha Koenig

Metal Punchers II

1957

Artist
Ghisha Koenig 1921–1993
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

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004