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Elisabeth Wagner

Diego (after Velázquez)
© Elisabeth Wagner / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Elisabeth Wagner

Diego (nach Velázquez) / Diego (after Velázquez), 2013

Plaster, painted
43 × 42 × 17 cm

signed, dated and numbered: Elisabeth Wagner 2013 Edition: 2 copies (1/2)
(WAGNEE/S 28)

€ 8.000
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Literature: Falsche Freunde - Skulpturen von Elisabeth Wagner, Ausst.Kat. Friedrichshafen 2006, o. p.

Elisabeth Wagner has become known for her portrait busts, in which the sculptor borrows portraits known to art history from the works of old masters, such as Petrus Christus, Albrecht Dürer, Jan van Eyck, Jean Fouquet, Francisco de Goya or Rembrandt. The work presented here was also based on a painting by Diego Velázquez, the Spanish Baroque painter who became famous for his sensitive portraiture. In her plaster sculpture, Wagner succeeds forcefully in translating the painterly model from the surface into three-dimensionality and at the same time reinterpreting it in such a way that the head acquires its own individuality and dignity. The contrastingly treated sections between the gesturally articulated hair and the finely elaborated face give another unique flavor to Wagner's art. For all its abstraction and reduction in modeling, the portrait never appears rigid but, on the contrary, creates a lifelike impression. This may also be due to the fact that the eyes of the sitter look directly at the viewer, almost seeming to pursue him.
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