Abduction of Women, Georg Kolbe
Georg Kolbe
Abduction of Women
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Georg Kolbe

Abduction of Women, 1916 – 1919


Dimensions
41.0 x 20.2 x 17.5 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
SGP33
Acquisition
Acquired in 1919 with means provided by the Pfungst-Stiftung
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The pleasure of submission: this subject has been repeatedly taken up over the centuries, but other works seldom show the abducted woman as happy as she is here in Georg Kolbe's sculpture. Although the sculptor contrasts the upward thrust of the woman's body with that of the man, who is carrying her and whose attention is focused downwards, the couple look harmonious - their movements are dance-like rather than violent and they seem to form a single unit. Kolbe began the work halfway through the First World War and reworked it again in 1919, after spending almost two years in Istanbul. "The sentiment is everything", was how Kolbe summarised the quiet, understated expression of his figures.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Abduction of Women
Sculptor
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1919 with means provided by the Pfungst-Stiftung

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 42D231 man abducting woman
  • 31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa)
  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure

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15.05.2019