Georg Kolbe’s work carries the emotional intensity of the German Expressionists, but his sources are in the French sculpture of the early modern period of Rodin and Maillol. Like Maillol, he preferred the nude figure—generally in quiet, contemplative poses as seen here. His capacity to synthesize anatomy and to reduce salient forms to masses and planes lend a mannered grace to this elongated figure.
Artist Georg Kolbe, German, 1877-1947
  • Assunta
Date 1921
Medium bronze
Dimensions Overall: 76 3/4 × 15 1/2 × 17 1/2 inches (194.9 × 39.4 × 44.5 cm)
Including base: 77 1/2 × 30 5/8 × 30 5/8 inches (196.9 × 77.8 × 77.8 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 29.331
Department European Modern Art to 1950
On View Modern N230.2, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, on base, behind left foot: G K
(Alfred Flechtheim Gallery);
1929-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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