Germaine Richier

Hurricane Woman

1948–9, cast 1995

Artist
Germaine Richier 1902–1959
Original title
L'Ouragane
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1995
Reference
T07014

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’.

Gallery label, July 2008

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