Germaine Richier

Shepherd of the Landes

1951, cast 1996

Original title
Le Berger des Landes
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1490 x 890 x 600 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 1998
On long term loan
Reference
L01950

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Shepherds in the Landes region in the south of France used stilts to help them see over the areas of scrub and marshland where their sheep grazed. In Richier’s sculpture the shepherd figure has become one with its stilts, achieving an insect-like adaptability. Its head is cast from a piece of eroded building rubble that Richier found on the beach. Her sculptures frequently combine human and animal forms, striking a chord with the bleak image of humanity prevalent in Europe after the Second World War.

Gallery label, July 2012