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August Macke

Pierrot

bronze
1912/posthumous cast
34 x 7,5 x 6,5 cm / 13 3/8 x 3 x 2 1/2 in.
signed, with foundry mark 'Noack, Berlin' numbered 4/10 posthumous edition in bronze after a wood sculpture from 1912

Cast in bronze by Galerie Aenne Abels in the 1960s. In 1910 August Macke and his family had moved back to Bonn, where his mother in law put the house next to her own, which she also owned, at their disposal, and had a studio built in the attic for him, it was his first real studio. In 1911 he had joined the "Blauer Reiter" (Blue Rider) and participated in the first, in 1912 in the second exhibition, but he did not agree with the high spiritual requirements and Kandinsky's dominance. Franz Marc, with whom he had developed a close friendship in Bavaria, came to Bonn for a visit in 1912. He wanted to work with Macke; together they painted a mural in his studio. Macke made very few sculptures. He created the Pierrot, originally of wood, as a support for a credenza. Macke created several paintings and drawing on the theme of the Pierrot. The figure originates from the Commedia dell’arte, the Italian theatre of the Renaissance. Pierrot, the luckless opponent of Arlequino, is the loser in the fight for Colombine's love. Through the centuries, he was a popular motif in art.

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