Fritz Wotruba

Large figure for Lucerne, 1966/67

Whilst the title "Grosse Figur für Luzern/Large Figure for Luzern" might indeed still allude to the human figure, at the same time it opens up perspectives of something larger with a more general value. Wotruba’s interest is not focussed on individuality, expressiveness, directionality or the revelation of some personal fate, but rather on lack of direction, equality from all perspectives and continued reduction and precision in terms of archetypal original forms. Rather than imitating anatomical forms, Wotruba sought fundamental structures through the subdivision of individual elements in order to use them to build a new entity. He also perceived, understood and shaped man as an architectural element. Thus in his work, the body can be read as a home offering security, yet also as a prison, a dungeon conveying heaviness.   


Written by: Elisabeth Fiedler

Biography: Fritz Wotruba

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