Germaine Richier Hurricane Woman 1948–9, cast 1995

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Germaine Richier 1902–1959
Hurricane Woman
Date 1948–9, cast 1995
Medium Bronze
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1995
Not on display

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Like Storm Man, this work is a homage to the survival of humanity in the face of the destruction wreaked by the Second World War. Characteristic of Richier’s sculpture are her expressive use of the bronze medium, with its pock-marked surfaces, and her insistently figurative subject matter. The heavily-worked surfaces suggest her affinity to contemporary gestural abstract painting. However, Richier believed that in order to be effective art should not ‘withdraw from expression’, since ‘we decidedly cannot conceal human expression in the drama of our time’.

July 2008

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