Germaine Richier

Shepherd of the Landes

1951, cast 1996

Not on display

Germaine Richier 1902–1959
Original title
Le Berger des Landes
Unconfirmed: 1490 × 890 × 600 mm
Lent from a private collection 1998
On long term loan

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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

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