Germaine Richier, ‘Untitled’, 1959, Phillips
Germaine Richier, ‘Untitled’, 1959, Phillips

Property Subject to the Artist's Resale Right (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Property from the Triton Collection Foundation

This work is unique. The lead and glass figure was cast in 1953 and mounted by the artist on the slate element in 1959.

From the Catalogue:
The present work is exemplary of Richier's adroit mastery of new materials and her skilled ability to capture vitality and movement of organic forms in the medium of lead. Casting her gestural figures in her studio by pouring molten lead into hollow molds, the artist would then adorn the clay models with jewel-like fragments of coloured glass. Through the casting process, the glass shards would become submerged in the lead which she would subsequently scrape away, creating surprising and dazzling effects through the contrast of the mediums. The present work was created in 1953 and later mounted by the artist to a slate base in 1959, suggesting Richier's careful consideration regarding the presentation of her distinctive figures.
Courtesy of Phillips

Sjraar van Heugten, Avant-gardes, 1870 to the present: the Triton collection, London, 2013, p. 479 (illustrated)

The family of the Artist
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2002

About Germaine Richier

French, 1904-1959, Grans, France