ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Hans Steinbrenner

Figure
© Hans Steinbrenner / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Hans Steinbrenner

Figur / Figure, 1972

Bronze, patinated
35 × 19 × 7 cm

monogrammed and numbered: ST 6/10 edition: 10 copies
(studio no. 38)
(STEINH/S 13)

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Inspired by Piet Mondrian and the "De Stijl" movement, Hans Steinbrenner discovered the cube as his most important design element in the early 1960s. In his lifelong search for the archetypal form, he abandoned figurative formal inventions and from then on composed block-like abs-tractions. The year 1969 marked a radical change in Steinbrenner's sculptural work. His cubic formations had become so dense that their compositional capacity seemed exhausted. A new artistic orientation took place under the lifelong fascination for the connection between planned construction and intuitive working methods in the work of Otto Freundlich and his "Dynamic Elementarism". From then on, Steinbrenner concentrated increasingly on geometric realizations in which he weighed the rectangular formations formed from the material against each other in size and alignment and interlocked them around a concealed central axis. As a result, the cube-like compact "compositions" are increasingly replaced by stele-like "figures" oriented towards the vertical - a development that reaches its peak in the 1970s and 1980s. The division of the blocks, typical of his sculptures, became more animated and free. From now on, the tension between plastic volume and empty space comes to bear even more consistently, as can be seen in his "Figure" created in 1972.
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