22 Jun – 01 Sep 2018
With his work Gerhard Marcks occupies an important and distinctive position in 20th century sculpture in Germany. Deeply impressed by the art of Auguste Rodin, Gerhard Marcks found an original stylistic expression, which is characterized by a deep humanism. His interpretation of the human figure, which he renewed again and again over the decades of his creative work without breaking the homogeneity of his style, is characterized above all by a sensitivity that captures the essence of movement or posture. Through his work at the Bauhaus, to which he was appointed in 1919, Marcks intensively studied the artistic movements of the avant-garde. Nevertheless, his sculptures can claim a singular position through all phases of his creative work, whose language is a lyrical realism that has been increasingly shaped over the years by the human image of archaic antiquity.
Gerhard Marcks took part in the first three documenta exhibitions between 1955 and 1964. In 1955 his works were shown at the Venice Biennale.
Galerie Thomas is representing the artist's estate since 2018.
'Sculpture, that is architecture, proportions, use of the least necessary means. Then the viewer's imagination can see life, not an account, but a poem.' – Gerhard Marcks