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Bernhard Hoetger "La Pleureuse" Bronze Sculpture


"La Pleureuse," or "The Weeping," is a patinated bronze sculpture in the Art Nouveau style by German artist, Bernhard Hoetger. It depicts in gritty, nearly abstracted and softly defined detail the countenance of a weeping nude female figure, her head pressed resolutely into her hands. Although her face is obscured, the expressiveness of her posture conveys the strength of the emotion of the piece.


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Item #: YS-19593 
Artist: Bernhard Hoetger 
Circa: 1900 
Dimensions: 10.75" height, 3.5" diameter 
Materials: Bronze 
Signed: "B. Hoetger"

Bernhard Hoetger was an important German sculptor, painter, and handicrafts artist of the Expressionist movement. The son of a Dortmund blacksmith, he studied stone carving and sculpture in Detmold from 1888 to 1892, before directing a workshop in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. After some time at the Dusseldorf Arts Academy, he took a trip to Paris, where he was deeply influenced by Auguste Rodin, an influence that can be felt in this deeply expressively work. Hoetger resided in Paris and participated in the founding of the Salon d'Automne in 1905.