Ernst Barlach:
Sculpture "The Herb Plucker" (1894), reduction in bronze
Ernst Barlach:
Sculpture "The Herb Plucker" (1894), reduction in bronze

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 980 copies | numbered | signature | foundry hallmark | certificate | bronze | patinated | reduction | size 21 x 22.5 x 14 cm (w/h/d) | weight 2.5 kg

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Sculpture "The Herb Plucker" (1894), reduction in bronze
Ernst Barlach: Sculpture "The Herb Plucker" (1894), reduc...

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Sculpture "The Herb Plucker" (1894), reduction in bronze

Ernst Barlach's masterpiece

Without a doubt, Ernst Barlach was one of the most outstanding personalities of Expressionism and one of the most important artists from Germany. He always placed people at the centre of his artistic work. That is also the case for his "Herb Plucker". It depicts a woman at work in the fields, bending down to pick meadow plants. This sculpture, created in 1894, was Barlach's masterpiece. It was part of his final exams at the Dresden Art Academy in 1895; at the same time, it was his first work to be exhibited at the Great Berlin Art Exhibition in 1898.

Sculpture "The Herb Plucker": Original: tinted plaster.
Fine bronze, cast by hand using the Lost-Wax-Process and patinated. Directly moulded from the original and reduced in size (reduction). Limited edition of 980 copies, individually numbered and with the signature "E. Barlach" taken from the original as well as the foundry hallmark. ars mundi Exclusive Edition, published in cooperation with the Ernst Barlach Society. With numbered certificate of authenticity and limitation. Size 21 x 22,5 x 14 cm (h/w/d), weight 2,5 kg.

"I am constantly fascinated by Ernst Barlach's Herb Plucker'. With this work, the sculptor took a new look at people's everyday lives and, thus, gave sculpture in Germany not only a new impetus but also a new meaning. With this work, he began to bring the common people, the so-called people of the street, back into the real optical field of vision of art." (Dr Jürgen Doppelstein, Chairman of the Ernst Barlach Society)

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Portrait of the artist Ernst Barlach

About Ernst Barlach

1870-1938, sculptor, writer and draughtsman

Ernst Barlach was born on January 2, 1870, in Wedel, Germany, and died on October 24, 1938, in Rostock, Germany. He holds an outstandingly special position within German Expressionism. As a graphic artist, draughtsman, writer and, in particular, a sculptor, Barlach created milestones in art history. Barlach's sculptural works of art have a special effect because they seek extreme experience of limits and their representation. They are works of multi-layered meaning with which he foregrounded the essence of the human being and that what stands above the self and the world.

Barlach's intention is rooted in the depths, the inner self. Shaped by war and challenging living conditions, he experiences both suffering and happiness. The human being is always the focus of his work: Ecce homo.

"I desire nothing more than to be a good and true artist as best I can. I believe that what cannot be expressed through the work can pass into the possession of another through forms. My pleasure and creative impulse continually revolve around the problems of the meaning of life and the other great mountains in the spiritual realm." (Ernst Barlach)

Ernst Barlach became an honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, in 1925. In 1933, he was appointed Knight of the Peace Class of the Order "Pour le mérite". In 1937, the National Socialists removed his works from public collections and spaces for being "degenerate art". Ernst Barlach died in Rostock on October 24, 1938.

Today, Ernst Barlach's works are an integral part of leading museums and collections and - if available - fetch record amounts at auction.

"The Singing Man" became Ernst Barlach's best-known sculpture, an icon of Modernism. It adorns illustrated books and posters worldwide, and the original edition is a permanent part of the collections of the world's major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.