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Wilhelm Loth

Torso 1950 (1st state)
© Wilhelm Loth / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Wilhelm Loth

Torso 1950 (1. Zustand) / Torso 1950 (1st state), 1950

Bronze
62 × 30 × 22,5 cm

Edition: 5 (+1), artist's copy?
(LOTHW/S 61)

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Literature: Uwe Haupenthal. Das plastische Menschenbild bei Wilhelm Loth. With a catalog raisonné of the sculptures from 1949 to 1956, Darmstadt 1989, no. 40; Kuno Schlichtenmaier/Olivia Schott, Werkverzeichnis der Plastiken, in: Wilhelm Loth. Torso of the Woman, Karlsruhe 2001, no. 49, ill. p. 136

In the period between 1947 and 1955 Wilhelm Loth already treated among his bronzes and terracottas the subjects that were to remain his most important - heads and figures of women. They appear as archetypal faces with idol-like features and matriarchal figures with expansive forms that completely renounce classical beauty. He shows with his works that he is not concerned with a realistic rendering of the human body, but with a representation "without regard to human proportions" (Wilhelm Loth 1985). To the Munich sculptor Toni Stadler (1888-1982) Loth owes the instruction in the most important plastic rules and the examination of early archaic sculpture. "From him (Stadler) I assumed that bronze castings, like vessels, are hollow inside, and that these should be made visible on the surface. Thus I have endeavored to produce a 'continuous' surface." (Wilhelm Loth 1970) The originality of the vessel form leads Loth to make the torso of the human body independent in the torso. This early torso from 1950 is not meant here as a partial piece, for Loth's torsos are self-contained works that exclude additions. By choosing the torso as an art form, Loth joins the tradition of figurative sculpture. In doing so, he also places himself in the succession of Auguste Rodin.
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