Lot 318: Giacomo Manzù, Studie zu Mutter und Kind (Maternita - Madre con bambino), 1956
December 2, 2016
Cologne, GermanyLive Auction
Description: The cast-with flat base plate of irregular outline (approx. 0.2/0.6 x 22/26.5 x 30.7/32 cm), with the oval foundry mark on the rear left side "MANZÙ FONDERIA MAF MILANO". According to Galerie Welz, Salzburg, a unique bronze after a scheme for the complex of motifs on "Mother and Child" from 1956 with 6 known versions, each different. The present group a slightly differing smaller variant of one of the models of the series (cf. Rewald no. 93 with illus.)We would like to thank Galerie Welz, Salzburg, for kind information."The sculptural idea must be inspired not merely by formal prejudices but solely by love. I not only say that to you, I also say it to myself." (Giacomo Manzù, speech to the students of the Salzburg summer academy, presumably 1957. Cited in John Rewald, Giacomo Manzù, Salzburg 1966, pp. 68 f.)The present bronze sculpture comes from a series of studies on the theme of motherhood, which Giacomo Manzù created over the course of 1956. In terms of their motifs, his sensitive portraits occupy a place in the midst of the broad range between sacral pictorial subjects and graceful images of nudes. At that point in time Manzù was almost 50 years old and a recognised artist: he had an entire room, which featured a presentation of his large bronzes of cardinals, devoted to him at the Biennale di Venezia. He himself was intensely occupied with preliminary work for the design of the doors of the Salzburg Cathedral, which would be solemnly consecrated two years later.
Condition Report: Fine bronze-coloured patina, oscillating from a dark to light golden-coloured tone.
Notes: Droit de suite according to conditions of sale
Provenance: Galerie Welz, Salzburg (acquired there in 1961); formerly Collection Prof. Dr. Heinz Kirchhoff, Göttingen, in family possession since
Dimensions: Height 32.3 cm
Artist or Maker: Giacomo Manzù
Exhibited: Salzburg 1960 (Galerie Welz, Zwerglgarten), Giacomo Manzú, cf. cat. nos. 17-22 (this exemplar one of them, no illus.)
Literature: John Rewald, Giacomo Manzù, Salzburg (Verlag Galerie Welz) 1966, cf. no. 93 with illus. ("Mutter und Kind, 1956, bronze, height approx. 38 cm private coll. Paris")