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A Cry of Horror

By Philip_H
'The Destroyed City' (1951) by Ossip Zadkine, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

According to Zadkine the idea for 'The Destroyed City' was born when he arrived by train in the devastated city of Rotterdam in 1946. It is, in his own words: "A cry of horror against the inhuman brutality of this act of tyranny."

The sculpture represents a distressed figure with its head and arms lifted skywards. Zadkine has positioned the arms, legs and hands in various directions, giving the sculpture a great dynamism. The figure leans against a tree trunk, providing a balance for the six-metre high colossus.

The hole in the figure's torso symbolises the destroyed heart of the city, devastated by enemy action on 14 May 1940.

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Tags: Netherlands Sculpture Specialist and abstract Rotterdam Public art Ossip Zadkine The Destroyed City Distressed figure

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taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
27 Feb 2019 3:25PM
A well made image of something very disturbing!

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Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 157 England
27 Feb 2019 3:30PM
Intriguing shape....
27 Feb 2019 7:17PM
A thought provoking image, Philip.
Your incisive narrative adds great context.
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
28 Feb 2019 3:26PM
Pleased to promote this to RC.
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Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2019 4:10PM
Fascinating... And a very informative write up.
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