Inclined Head of Kneeling Woman

Inclined Head of Kneeling Woman
Artist:
Wilhelm Lehmbruck (German, 1881-1919)
Date:
1911
Medium:
Plaster 
Dimensions:
18-1/2 x 17-1/2 x 11-1/2 in. (47 x 44.5 x 29.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1967.15.S 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View
Description

At a moment when many artists were producing brash abstractions, Lehmbruck—like his friend Maillol—remained devoted to the human form. Elongated, purified, even gently abstracted, Lehmbruck’s figures are nevertheless whole and movingly human. With an inward gaze and a graceful neck, this bust epitomizes the artist’s mature style. It was cast from the upper portion of a full-length sculpture, The Kneeling Woman, today widely regarded as Lehmbruck’s most important contribution to the history of art. His decision to cast the bust separately may have been influenced by Rodin’s similar practice, but the resulting object—in which spiritual detachment and a delicate sensuality are carefully balanced—more clearly recalls busts of the Virgin Mary modeled in terracotta in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via email. Requests can also be made by fax or mail.

Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.

Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.

Please download the Application for Reproduction Permission form and submit it to the Office of Rights and Reproductions.

E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (626) 449-6840 x 3300
Fax: (626) 796-4978
   

Additional Artwork by Artist