31 x 14 x 13,5 cm (12 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.)
monogrammed on the left foot sole, foundry stamp 'H.Noack Berlin Friedenau' on the right foot sole Edition of 25
In his sculptural work, the sculptor Georg Kolbe concentrated on the main theme of the human figure. In the process, he was not interested in a naturalist portrayal but instead in the expression of the independent, free, self-determined human being and the overcoming of banal, handed down movement motifs defined through content. Apart from a few examples, Kolbe represented elegant female forms until the mid-1920s. These moved in space with grace, ease and quiet melancholy, and the sculptor expressed his vision of harmoniously animated people through them. The “Nereide - Kniende I“ (Nereid - Kneeling I) figure is characteristic of this work phase. It is the most well-known of a total of three small sculptures of kneeling girls that preceded a major work exhibited for the first time in 1924 in the Kolbe room of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.