Germaine Richier is probably the only great contemporary statue sculptor after Rodin and Giacometti. Prematurely deceased at the age of 55, in 1959, she left a major body of work behind her.
Germaine Richier knew how to stop in time and leave her statues in their most beautiful and tragic state of material deterioration. L'homme qui marche, a large bronze figure, resembles all together a rock, a stump, a skinned man and the body of a victim tortured with fire.
Between void and pure event, Germaine Richier's statues rise up while still dripping the original mud of non-existence. It is a dream of materiality, asperity, gap and distortion, as if eroded by a heavy or light presence, shaped by a natural hand. Germaine Richier's imagination seems marked by the origin of the work experienced as a struggle. Haunted by this fight, she gives life to silhouettes that cannot part from one another. From this backdrop of violence and cruelty emerges the fusion of the subject and the world, which, in L'homme qui marche is like the ground zero of creation, the original harmony of indifferenciation. An art of division, in which, under the pressure of our palm, matter crumbles, embosses, and perforates like the impulsive shivers of nature in its moments of creation.
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