Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Seated nude facing right and meditating" by Max Kurzweil

The title says she's meditating, but she appears quite sad to me. A couple days ago I wrote about another Kurzweil woodcut of a woman in despair. But Der Polster was very different from this black and white beauty.

One thing they have in common is the sharp, elegance of the design. Kurzweil might be interested in the human psyche, but unlike many of his more crude and expressive Die Brucke contemporaries, he won't sacrifice polish and form for emotional emphasis.

Because of these priorities, it is easy to see this picture of a woman as a beautiful object even more so than as something which evokes empathy or sympathy. And there's something just a tad creepy in that, not least of all because it seems true to life.

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