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Ernst Barlach

Der Ekstatiker (The Ecstatic)

bronze
plaster 1911-12 / posthumous cast 1988
46,5 x 14,5 x 31 cm / 18 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.
with signature, numbered 2/6 and with foundry stamp 'H.Noack, Berlin' edition of 6 (no lifetime casts)

Ernst Barlach is considered one of the major sculptors of Expressionism. He created images of man which replace the outer appearance with the spiritual expression of being. With his block-like figures he was searching for the generalized typification of the human species, the archetype. The strong simplification, disregard of detail and a distinct monumentality also characterize "The Ecstatic", created by the artist as a distinct figure. Until 1930, Barlach used wood as his preferred material for sculptures. Then his art dealer Alfred Flechtheim suggested that they cast in bronze some of the sculptures he had created between 1907 and 1930. Barlach found that he liked bronze especially for works where he wanted to preserve the freshness of the momentary feeling.

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