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Wilhelm Loth

Relief 11/59 - Relief V from the series: 7 reliefs on the theme of torso
© Wilhelm Loth / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Wilhelm Loth

Relief 11/59 - Relief V aus der Reihe: 7 Reliefs zum Thema Torso / Relief 11/59 - Relief V from the series: 7 reliefs on the theme of torso, 1959

Bronze
58 × 45 × 6 cm

monogrammed in the casting: WL Edition: 5 copies (I Pb Main; issued II; III Pb )
(LOTHW/S 46)

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Literature: Kuno Schlichtenmaier/Olivia Schott, Werkverzeichnis der Plastiken, in: Wilhelm Loth. Torso of the Woman, Karlsruhe 2001, no. 256, ill. p. 165

The sculptor Wilhelm Loth dealt with the design of the human figure like hardly any other of his generation, which is why he is one of the main representatives of New Figuration. This means a turning away from non-representational art and a lifelong preoccupation with the sculptural problem of the torso. He was particularly interested in the formal visualization of the female body, which finds expression in increasingly stylized versions of the female nude - without shying away from taboos in the representation of gender - accompanied by a high degree of abstraction. The early "Relief 11/59" from 1959 belongs to a series of seven works in total that deal intensively with the theme of the torso and the capture of the human body as a hollow form. Since 1957, when he was in close contact with Ossip Zadkine, Loth's relief style has become more angular and the sculptural formations more twisted. The almost cubist-like abstraction has progressed so far in this series that the female curves can almost only be guessed at.
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