Fritz Wotruba

Standing Figure

1949–50

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Artist
Fritz Wotruba 1907–1975
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 362 x 111 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1951
Reference
N06013

Not on display

Catalogue entry

Fritz Wotruba 1907-1975

N06013 Standing Man 1949-50

Not inscribed
Bronze, 14 1/4 x 4 3/8 x 4 5/8 (36 x 11 x 11.7); the width and depth are mainly those of the protruding base
Purchased from the artist through the Hanover Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1951
Exh: Wotruba: Sculpture, Hanover Gallery, London, April-May 1951 (14) as 'Homme debout' 1948-50
Repr: Elias Canetti, Fritz Wotruba (Vienna 1955), pl.41, as 'Standing Figure' 1950; Friedrich Heer and Fritz Wotruba, Fritz Wotruba (Neuchatel 1961), pls.26-7 as 'Man standing' 1950

The sculptor wrote (letter of 14 August 1958) that this figure was made in 1949-50; there were about six bronze casts of which this must be the first or second. The figure is not directly related to any other work, except that his large 'Seated Figure' of 1949 in limestone (repr. Canetti, op. cit., pls.22-3) is rather similar in the relationship of the head and shoulders.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.765-6, reproduced p.765

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