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The gallery will be closed Monday, 5/27 for Memorial Day

Bernhard Hoetger Bronze Figural Vide-Poche Dish


This German Art Nouveau patinated bronze figural vide-poche dish, by Bernhard Hoetger, features a wind-blown nude with floral vines climbing her leg. The nude is far from the traditional representation of the exposed female form, it instead features a figure braced against an invisible wind, her voluminous locks blown dramatically outward, enveloping her. Despite her physically tense pose and the beautiful chaos of her hair, the figures expression suggestions she is in perfect, peaceful ecstasy. At her feet is a small dish that serves as the vide-poche.


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Item #: S-13833
Artist: Bernhard Hoetger
Circa: 1910
Dimensions: 12.5" height, 9.5 " width, 7.5" depth
Materials: Patinated bronze
Signed: "B. Hoetger Paris 09” and stamped “LB"

Bernhard Hoetger's haggard, stoic-yet-beautiful nude harkes back to Italian High Renaissance images of Mary Magdalene. Described as the "Penitent Magdalene," this patternized aesthetic treatment of the Magdalene focused on representing her in the time of her life after the death of Christ, when she became a hermit living in the wilderness. The iconic treatment of the saint became hugely popular during the Renaissance and is often called upon by great artists.