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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018<br/>    Picture: Jens Weber, Munich<br />

Rudolf Belling

Born 1886 in Berlin, Germany
Died 1972 in Krailling, Germany

Dreiklang, 1919 (cast in 1969/70)

Bronze
90 x 87 x 77 cm

Around 1920, a pioneering spirit prevailed in Germany. It was a time when movement and speed became a metaphor for the idea of progress. In this climate, in 1919, Rudolf Belling, the avant-gardist among German sculptors and a charter member of the Novembergruppe, created "Dreiklang". Its cubist/expressionist design language was ground breaking. Three highly abstract, dancing figures striving upwards, without losing their inner connection. Their cubic shapes fit together to form a spatial structure whose the fascinating dynamics reveal themselves to the viewer from every angle. The three figures stand for painting, sculpture and architecture, and the sculpture as a whole for the symbolic union of the three arts.

Belling's works received international acclaim, were shown at the MOMA in New York and at the Kunsthaus Zurich. Defamed by the Nazis as a "degenerate" artist, Belling emigrated to Turkey in 1937 and returned to Germany only thirty years later.

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