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Bust of a Pensive Woman

Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German, (January 4, 1881–March 25, 1919)

Creation date: 1913-1914
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Processed stone
Credit Line: Bequest of Earle W. Grant
Accession Number: 1972.58
Dimensions: 17 1/2 in. x 13 3/8 in. x 7 15/32 in. (44.45 cm x 34 cm x 19 cm)
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Gallery Caspari, Munich, Bavaria, Germany ( - January 1920-February 1920)

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lutz, Los Angeles, California (January 1920-February 1920 - 1954)

Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, California (1954 - February 5, 1955)

Earle Wilkin Grant, San Diego, California (February 5, 1955 - 1972)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1972 - )

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Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 1977.
A haunted and wistful man, Lehmbrucke showed a calm spirituality in his long, lean, attenuated figures. Elizabeth Bergner was a well known German actress.

Lehmbruck is known for his sculptures of slender, elongated figures whose solemn, often downcast gestures convey introspection and a hushed, brooding emotion. He studied in Düsseldorf but moved to Paris in 1910, where he was influenced by Aristide Maillol and Auguste Rodin, although his own work was less voluptuous and more stylized than that of either of those artists. Around 1911, he began a series of sculptures of pensive women, works he continued to produce when he was forced to return to Germany at the outbreak of World War I. Many of his sculptures are, like this example, in cast stone, a cement-like material that could be used to create only slightly differing multiple editions of a piece.
Last Updated: 8/8/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Choices from the Grant-Munger Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 4/13/1961 - 5/28/1961

Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego , 1/1/1977 - 4/1/1977

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

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


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 44, Figure Number: 85

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 109, no. 85

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