Seated Youth, Wilhelm Lehmbruck
Wilhelm Lehmbruck
Seated Youth
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Wilhelm Lehmbruck

Seated Youth, 1916 – 1917


Dimensions
104.0 x 50.0 x 109.0 cm
weight
250.0 kg
Physical Description
Cast imitation stone
Inventory Number
SGP28
Acquisition
Acquired in 1917 with means provided by the Pfungst-Stiftung
Status
On display

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About the Work

Lehmbruck executed the ‘Seated Youth’ during the First World War. It bears various titles in the literature: ‘Mourner’, ‘Thinker’, ‘Friend’, even ‘Tired Warrior’. The slender, downcast figure seems to be listening to a voice deep within. In place of dramatic gestures there is inward contemplation and silent pain. The voids between the elongated limbs are also ‘interior space’ and thus as much a part of the sculpture as the body itself. Ten years after Lehmbruck’s suicide, a bronze cast of the sculpture was erected as a war memorial at Duisburg’s Cemetery of Honour.

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Basic Information

Title
Seated Youth
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Cast imitation stone
Material
Technique

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1917 with means provided by the Pfungst-Stiftung

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Primary
  • 31D12(+53) youth, young man, adolescent (+ sitting)
  • 31D12(+89) youth, young man, adolescent (+ nude human being)
  • 31A26127 sitting with legs bent, straddling

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06.08.2019