Berlinde De Bruyckere, ‘After Cripplewood IV, 2014’, 2014, Sculpture, Wax, iron, cloth, blankets, ropes, epoxy, Hauser & Wirth
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After Cripplewood IV, 2014, 2014

Wax, iron, cloth, blankets, ropes, epoxy
113 3/8 × 189 3/4 × 76 3/4 in
288 × 482 × 194.9 cm
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New York, Los Angeles, Zurich, London, Somerset, Central, St. Moritz, Zürich, Gstaad, Southampton
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Berlinde De Bruyckere
Belgian, b. 1964
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Berlinde De Bruyckere’s sculptures are figural and disfigured; her anatomically detailed animal and human forms lack certain appendages or—more often—heads, to disturbing effect. De Bruyckere believes the particular presence or absence of a head is irrelevant because “the figure as a whole is a mental state.” The artist, who had a gory childhood fascination with Lucas Cranach the Elder, began her career in the 1990s and was immediately drawn to figurative works. In her earliest pieces, De Bruyckere used woolen blankets and furniture as her primary materials, purposefully suggesting the absence of the human body. Her later works replicate, exaggerate, and fictionalize bodies, most iconically featuring horses on platforms or in vitrines, and human figures partially transformed into branches.

Berlinde De Bruyckere, ‘After Cripplewood IV, 2014’, 2014, Sculpture, Wax, iron, cloth, blankets, ropes, epoxy, Hauser & Wirth
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Berlinde De Bruyckere
Belgian, b. 1964
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Berlinde De Bruyckere’s sculptures are figural and disfigured; her anatomically detailed animal and human forms lack certain appendages or—more often—heads, to disturbing effect. De Bruyckere believes the particular presence or absence of a head is irrelevant because “the figure as a whole is a mental state.” The artist, who had a gory childhood fascination with Lucas Cranach the Elder, began her career in the 1990s and was immediately drawn to figurative works. In her earliest pieces, De Bruyckere used woolen blankets and furniture as her primary materials, purposefully suggesting the absence of the human body. Her later works replicate, exaggerate, and fictionalize bodies, most iconically featuring horses on platforms or in vitrines, and human figures partially transformed into branches.

After Cripplewood IV, 2014, 2014

Wax, iron, cloth, blankets, ropes, epoxy
113 3/8 × 189 3/4 × 76 3/4 in
288 × 482 × 194.9 cm
Contact For Price
Location
New York, Los Angeles, Zurich, London, Somerset, Central, St. Moritz, Zürich, Gstaad, Southampton
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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