Fritz Wotruba. Vienna, 1907 - 1975.
Austrian sculptor. At the age of fourteen he learned the trade of engraver and it was not until 1925 that he decided to start in the art of sculpture in Anton Hanak's workshop, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 1929 he began working alone. The architect Joseph Hoffmann, the founder of the Wiener Werkstätte, workshop for the production of secessionist design objects, with whom Gustav Klimt also collaborated, became interested in the sculptor and became his protector and patron.
For its part, Wotruba began to have a relationship with the writers Hermann Broch and Robert Musin, and the composer Alban Berg. In 1939, after the annexation of Austria by Hitler's Germany, he emigrated to Switzerland, first to Zoug, then, in 1942, to Bâle, and finally to Bern, in 1943. He returned to Vienna in 1945 and was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts, where he was also a professor.
He participated in the great exhibitions of the time, such as the Austrian Art exhibition in Paris in 1929, where he attended with a man's torso, which attracted Maillol's attention for its formal perfection. He was also present at the Venice Biennale in 1932, 1934, 1936, 1945 and 1950; at the Salon de Mai (Paris) from 1948 and at the Documenta in Kassel in 1959 and 1964. His work extended to the representation of the human body in the form of simple volumes that would almost reach abstraction.
- Fritz Wotruba (1907 - 1975)
- Titre de l’œuvre
- De la serie Homenaje a Hans Arp
- Signé à la main
- Excellent état
- Taille totale
- 22.5×0.2×17.5 cm