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reclining figure

The biggest impact of seeing the exhibition of Fritz Wotruba at the sculpture museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen was a new appreciation of one of his works not present: his 'Reclining Figure' on the Westersingel in Rotterdam.

Part of an extensive series - or really a lifelong quest - of progressively more abstracted human figures, this work somehow manages to strike a perfect balance, creating a curvaceous human figure out of cubes and rectangles. Instead of the fragmentary, multi-perspective vision of cubism, this is about as elementary and 'purely' geometrical as art can get and still be figurative.

Reclining Figure - Fritz Wotruba - 1

Another reason why specifically this work appears so striking might by that sculptures like these are best seen in a city context: a white reclining figure on the sidewalk, basking in the sun, lazily observing the traffic passing by...

Reclining Figure - Fritz Wotruba - 2

Or in the words of Wotruba: "I dream of a sculpture in which landscape, architecture and city are one! It might be a city like Marseilles, a city steaming with heat which suddenly transmogrifies. It becomes an immense piece of sculpture, a gigantic figure, made up of white blocks and segmented by flat, horizontal terraces arranged in a bare and motionless landscape."

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