Germaine Richier

Man of the Night

1954, cast 1996

Artist
Germaine Richier 1902–1959
Original title
L'Homme de la nuit
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 730 x 880 x 310 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 1998
On long term loan
Reference
L01951

Not on display

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Despite its name, Man of the Night resembles a bird as much as any human form. This hybrid quality is typical of Richier’s work. It has its roots in her childhood in Provence, with its vivid folklore and rich flora and fauna. A contemporary critic wrote of Richier’s forms: ‘Through these monsters, insects, reptiles, humanised birds, leaf-like girls and log-like men, her work induces strange emotions in us, making us experience those primordial feats and passions that a civilised way of life has deadened in us.’

Gallery label, October 2013