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Thomas Schütte, ‘Ceramic Sketch’, Christie's
Thomas Schütte, ‘Ceramic Sketch’, Christie's
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Thomas Schütte

Ceramic Sketch

Glazed ceramic
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Stamped '14 11 97' (on the side)
Thomas Schütte
German, b. 1954
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Since the late 1970s—when he studied with renowned German artist Gerhard Richter—Thomas Schütte has been subverting traditional art historical genres through his eclectic output of sculptures, prints, installations, drawings, watercolors, and photographs. Schütte makes familiar forms of expression, like memorial portraiture and figurative sculpture, strange through evocative, often disturbing alterations, such as in his treatment of the female nude in his “Bronzefrauen” series (Bronze Women, 1999-ongoing) where figurative shapes morph into abstract or mutant forms, or his “Alte Freunde” series, in which the subjects’ despondent expressions highlight the vulnerability of the individual against the cruelty and complexity of the vast world. Through his work he explores the human condition, offering a critical perspective on social, cultural, and political issues and visually eloquent commentary on memory, loss, and the difficulty of memorializing the past.

Thomas Schütte, ‘Ceramic Sketch’, Christie's
Thomas Schütte, ‘Ceramic Sketch’, Christie's
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About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
C
Christie's
Signature
Stamped '14 11 97' (on the side)
Thomas Schütte
German, b. 1954
Follow

Since the late 1970s—when he studied with renowned German artist Gerhard Richter—Thomas Schütte has been subverting traditional art historical genres through his eclectic output of sculptures, prints, installations, drawings, watercolors, and photographs. Schütte makes familiar forms of expression, like memorial portraiture and figurative sculpture, strange through evocative, often disturbing alterations, such as in his treatment of the female nude in his “Bronzefrauen” series (Bronze Women, 1999-ongoing) where figurative shapes morph into abstract or mutant forms, or his “Alte Freunde” series, in which the subjects’ despondent expressions highlight the vulnerability of the individual against the cruelty and complexity of the vast world. Through his work he explores the human condition, offering a critical perspective on social, cultural, and political issues and visually eloquent commentary on memory, loss, and the difficulty of memorializing the past.

Thomas Schütte

Ceramic Sketch

Glazed ceramic
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.