Fallen Figure (Fallen Fighter), Leon Golub
Leon Golub
Fallen Figure (Fallen Fighter)
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Leon Golub

Fallen Figure (Fallen Fighter), 1971


Dimensions
305.0 x 247.5 cm
Physical Description
Acrylic on linen
Inventory Number
2339
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

The stronger of the two fighters brutally attacks his opponent, who has already collapsed to the floor. The flesh of each is an open wound, smeared with blood, as though torn to shreds in the course of a bitter struggle. Leon Golub painted the larger-than-life figures on canvas, which now hangs limp and slightly wavy, as though it were itself skin torn from a body. With poses borrowed from the pictorial vocabulary of antiquity, the protagonists are archetypes of genuine masculine excesses of power and violence. Golub’s paintings oscillate subtly between fascination and revulsion.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Fallen Figure (Fallen Fighter) (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Acrylic on linen
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: GOLUB

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Estate of Leon Golub / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

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Secondary
  • 33B32 kicking
  • 54AA4 Vehemence, Violence, Fierceness; 'Sforza con Inganno', 'Violenza' (Ripa)
  • 54FF2 Defeat

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15.05.2019