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Bernhard Hoetger (1874 - 1949)

Lot 163: BERNHARD HOETGER GERMAN, 1874-1949

Sotheby's

July 9, 2004
London, United Kingdom

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Description

bronze, rich dark brown patina

Dimensions

46.8cm., 18 3/8 in.

Notes

Hoetger travelled to Paris for the centenary Exposition Universelle of 1900 and decided to stay, thereafter establishing himself in Montmartre with his friend Karl Milles. Together they attempted to develop unexplored avenues to distinguish themselves from Rodin. Hoetger exhibited at the Salon d'automne which brought him into contact with the work of Aristide Maillol, from whom he developed his monumental form. Kineton Parkes summed up his achievements thus: 'He is a beautiful modeller and his carving of the figure is no less true to life, and in this he goes further than Maillol: he is a master carver.' Fécondité dates to 1905, the year he married, and may be a portrait modelled on his wife.

RELATED LITERATURE
C.E.Uphoff, 'Bernhard Hoetger' in Junge Kunst 3, Leipzig 1922, illustrated; The Art of Carved Sculpture vol.2, pp.72-5

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