Museum Folkwang
Kopf in Messing
  • Rudolf Belling
  • Kopf in Messing, 1925

  • Brass Head
  • Brass, polished
  • 38 x 21 x 19 cm
  • Acquired 2003 with the support of Alfred und Cläre Pott-Stiftung
  • Inv. P 261
  • CommentaryRudolf Belling married the dancer Toni Freeden (Friedlaender) in 1923. His occupation with her scenic-abstract ballet presentations led to a series of expressively moving sculptures. ‘Head of Brass’, a mixture of Art Deco and New Sobriety, marks a turning point in the artist's work. The intensive effect that it has on viewers is due to an interplay between its characterizing representativeness and its elegant, decorative stylization. Especially refined is the sculpting of the eyes, whose sharply edged brows and lids around the open sockets create the effect of pictorial shading surprising for a portrait sculpture. With a freely moving eyeball in his portraits, Belling developed a solution both independent and original which he first hinted at in his probably most famous and most pregnant work, Skulptur 23.
  • Provenance2003, Galerie Wolfgang Werner, Bremen/Berlin
  • Obj_Id: 8,466
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 188
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Kopf in Messing
  • Obj_Title2_S: Brass Head
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1925
  • Jahr von: 1,925
  • Jahr bis: 1,925
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 261
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: P 0261
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Sculpture
  • Obj_Crate_S: 38 x 21 x 19 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Brass, polished
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Brass, polished
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired 2003 with the support of Alfred und Cläre Pott-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

2003, Galerie Wolfgang Werner, Bremen/Berlin