Gerhard Marcks:
Sculpture "Melusine III" (1949), bronze
Gerhard Marcks:
Sculpture "Melusine III" (1949), bronze

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limited, 10 copies | numbered | signed | stamped | bronze | size 111 x 30 x 20 cm (h x w x d)

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Sculpture "Melusine III" (1949), bronze
Gerhard Marcks: Sculpture "Melusine III" (1949), bronze

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Sculpture "Melusine III" (1949), bronze

Throughout his life, Marcks was fascinated by people - with all their small and big worries, joy and suffering. With his sculptures, he always expressed a deep interest in and understanding of human beings.

Marcks expresses this dominant basic theme of his art in a virtuoso way with his depiction of Melusine, a mythical figure of the Middle Ages. Thus, contrary to the common way of depicting Melusine as a snake woman, he decided to capture her human face in bronze for eternity.
With this sculpture of a woman, he comments almost painfully on the tragic fate of a loving man who, according to legend, was denied the opportunity to look at his beloved at any time of the day or night.

Sculpture in bronze, 1949, posthumous cast 2008, edition of 10 copies, signed and numbered IV, with foundry stamp 'Barth, Rinteln'. Rudloff 535. height: 111 cm. Width: 30 cm. Depth: 20 cm.

About Gerhard Marcks


At the beginning of Gerhard Marcks' artistic career, he focused on drawing. As a teenager, he spent a lot of time in the zoological garden in Berlin and was intensively occupied with animal studies. He began sculpting autodidactically and with the support of Richard Scheibe, who he had met through Gropius. Scheibe let him work in his studio. It was Gropius who later made him head of the ceramic studio at the Bauhaus. From there, his path led him to the Burg Giebichenstein art school. He was fired in 1933 for political reasons and taught again from 1946-1950 (at the Landeskunsthochschule in Hamburg), but then decided to become a freelance sculptor.

Marck's work always remained representational and is strongly influenced by his veneration for Greek sculpture. At the same time, his love of animals remained an important theme. Perhaps his best-known work as an animalist is the statue of the Bremen Town Musicians in front of Bremen Town Hall from 1953. The artist's dictum: "I have conspired with the world as it stands before my eyes".