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Kneeling woman playing a lyre

By Philip_H
To mark International Women's Day 2018.

La Grande Musicienne (1938/1963) by Henri Laurens, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The sculpture represents a kneeling woman playing a lyre. Laurens made the original plaster sculpture in 1938. The bronze version, which is part of Rotterdamís sculpture terrace, was cast in 1963. It is now seen as a key work in the artistís oeuvre and an important example of early Cubist sculpture.

Looking at the scuplture it is clear that in 1938 Laurens had already abandoned a strict Cubist approach and had adopted a more lyrical style. In this sculpture he is no longer concerned with simultaneous representations of various viewpoints or components but with rearranging forms and allowing them to flow, and with the sculptural tension evoked by the heavy sensuous forms. All the forms flow into one another: from the generous curve of the hips, the sickle form of the arm, and the strings of the lyre, to the point of the elbow. It is only in the back that we encounter a deep groove that delineates the left and right sides. The back forms a central fulcrum around which the other elements turn. This movement invites us to examine the figure from all angles.

P Grin

Tags: Netherlands Specialist and abstract Rotterdam Public art Bronze sculpture International womens day Le Grande Musicienne Kneeling woman playing lyre Sculpture terrace Cubist sculpture Henri Laurens

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Stunning sculpture, Philip.
Perfectly presented with a great narrative.
8 Mar 2018 7:45PM
beautiful rendering and presentation
KingArthur 14 8 Malta
8 Mar 2018 9:14PM
Great shot with a wonderful effect to it. Nicely done.

Joe Smile
BlueRoom 14 73 20 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2018 12:08AM
Strong stuff but nicely controlled. Your processing has added a lot of interest to this image. I particularly like the effect on the sculpture itself where the temptation must have been to take most of it out.

nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
9 Mar 2018 7:29AM
A well-made work of art, and you explained so well, Philip. The applied effect enhances the impression.
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
9 Mar 2018 1:15PM
Could have fooled me.....
Fefe Plus
8 50 34 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2018 3:19PM
Like this!
9 Mar 2018 8:21PM
Love the treatment, looks like a rough pencil or charcoal sketch, or, dare I say, the artists cartoon.
My award
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2018 11:57PM
Excellent post processing. Great image! Isabel GrinGrin

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