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The Avenger

Ernst Barlach, German, (Janaury 2, 1870–October 24, 1938)

Creation date: 1922

Other Information

Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of Norman Leitman in Memory of Todd Butler
Accession Number: 2019.193
Dimensions: 22 3/8 in. x 30 3/4 in. x 11 1/2 in. (56.83 cm x 78.11 cm x 29.21 cm)
Currently on view


H. Schickman Gallery, New York, NY ( - )

Norman Leitman, San Diego, CA ( - December 26, 2019)

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AF, 2021

The sweeping forms of this work convey the threat and unstoppable force of World War I. Seeking a spiritual truth in material and form, Barlach was inspired by Gothic architecture and by traditional folk carvings from Russia. After witnessing the horrors of war firsthand, Barlach became a dedicated pacifist; many of his works were later seized and destroyed by the Nazis. In addition to his work in sculpture, Barlach was a novelist and playwright, and illustrated his dramatic works with woodcuts and lithographs.

Last Updated: 5/12/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Human Beast: German Expressionism at The San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

German Expressionism San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00

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