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Fritz Klimsch

Youth

bronze
1940-41, lifetime cast
Höhe 159 cm / height 62 1/2 in.
with signature on the plinth, foundry stamp 'H. NOACK BERLIN'

In April 1940, the lawyer Dr. Hanswilly Bernartz (1912-1989), later co-founder of the German Shipping Museum in Bremerhaven, wrote to the artist and sent him a nude photograph of his girlfriend Margrit Schlömer, who was 19 years old at the time. He asked whether she wouldn’t be an ideal model for Klimsch. Klimsch answered enthusiastically: „The young girl seems to be fabulously shaped and I would like to work with her as a model.“ In the summer of 1940, Margrit Schlömer went to Berlin: „I was in Berlin for four weeks. Klimsch initially worked mornings on clay drafts in his studio in Schillerstrasse. He was like a father to me, so I felt no restraint to step on the turning pedestal. During the first days he also did drawings, but they did not meet his approval. In a certain moment he said to me: Stay like that, that is exactly what I want to do. . . . I found the posture completely natural. During the many hours modeling we talked about how the master would title the sculpture. I suggested that he should call it simply ‘Youth’, which he spontaneously adopted.“ Provenance available

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