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GERHARD MARCKS | VENUS SICH DIE HAARE AUFBINDEND (VENUS UNTYING HER HAIR)

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December 14, 06:43 PM GMT

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25,000 - 35,000 USD

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Property from a Boston, Massachusetts Collector


GERHARD MARCKS

1889 - 1981

VENUS SICH DIE HAARE AUFBINDEND (VENUS UNTYING HER HAIR)


Inscribed with the artist's monogram, stamped with the foundry mark Guss Barth, Berlin and numbered 1/6

Bronze

Height: 56½ in. (143.5 cm)

Conceived in 1960 and cast by the Guss Barth Foundry, Berlin in 1962 in a numbered edition of 6.

Venus sich die Haare aufbindend (Venus Untying Her Hair) is a consummate example of Gerhard Marcks’ mastery of form at the height of his mature career. Appointed Formmeister (“Form Master”) at the renowned Bauhaus school in 1919, Marcks served a sculpture instructor at a number of institutions until his work was declared “degenerate” by the National Socialist government spreading across Germany. Despite the destruction of much of his oeuvre due to the combined forces of Nazism, allied bombs and war looting, Marcks worked painstakingly after the war to produce new forms until his death in 1981. Blending classical and archaic influences with German Expressionism and Bauhus principles, Marcks produced a Venus for the post-war era.