Andreas Urteil (1933 - 1963)

Lot 82: Andreas Urteil (1933-1963), Bronze, Twisted Figure, c. 1960

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April 16, 2014
Berlin, Germany

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Description: Bronze, with brown patina
Germany, around 1960
Andreas Urteil (1933-1963) - Austrian sculptor and draftsman
Signen in the plinth "Urteil"
Chased "VENTURI ARTE BOLOGNA" and "EURO ART" as well as numbered "248" under the plinth
Overall height: 44 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: Austrian Private Collection
During the 1950s and 1960s, Andreas Urteil was one of the most important avant-garde artists in Austria. His works are currently exhibited at the retrospective of the '21er Haus' in Vienna (until 27 April 2014)

The present bronze sculpture shows a twisted figure by the Austrian sculptor Andreas Urteil and was executed around 1960. It seems as if the artist has mainly used his bare hands to form the model of his sculpture, so that the final bronze reveals the spontaneous development process that characterized the artist's oeuvre.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Andreas Urteil was one of the leading avant-garde sculptors in Austria. He intensively worked on the development of new possibilities of displaying dynamism and movement in space. Urteil hereby drew on existing avant-garde movements, such as the futurism in Italy.

The bronze sculpture is in very good overall condition. The patina is even and only shows minimal traces of paint. The sculpture measures 44 cm.

Andreas Urteil (1933-1963)
A son of a stonemason, Andreas Urteil was introduced in the field of plastic arts and sculpture at an early age. After his family had managed to escape from the political dissents in Yugoslavia to Austria, he began an apprenticeship as a stonemason in 1948, which was followed by a further artistic training at the Academy of Arts in Vienna. Between 1953 and 1954, Urteil attended the master class of the well-known sculptor Fritz Wotruba (1907-1975), whose abstract style was an important source of inspiration to the young artist. Since 1958, he started to develop his 'imaginary and cartilage figures', with which he pursued his central motif of representing dynamism and movement in space. In 1961, Urteil was promoted to professor at the Academy of Arts in Vienna. His extensive oeuvre is composed of drawings and sculptures in stone, bronze, wood and stamped concrete. His works were internationally exhibited, including the documenta III in Kassel, the Viennese Secession and the Belvedere in Vienna.

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