Zinc cast with scratched ornaments, with gray patina Schilling 150a. With monogram on rear. One of only three copies. 8,8 x 6 x 12,3 cm (3,4 x 2,3 x 4,8 in)
We are grateful to Ms Maja Kufferath, Düren, for her expert advice.
PROVENANCE: Private collection southern Germany.
LITERATURE: Neue Rheinische Sezession '69, ex .cat. Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 8 August - 14 September 1969 (presumably different copy). Ewald Mataré. Der 'Tote Krieger', ex. cat. Städtisches Museum Haus Koekkoek, Kleve/Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf 1985/1986, cat. no. 13, illu. 69 (presumably different copy).
The archaic element of the array of forms in Ewald Mataré’s animal sculptures is a principle characteristic of his artistic will. The reduction of forms to an elementary level is also the attempt to approach the primal form. It is therefore that the small zinc cow with geometrical ornaments is reminiscent of primeval depictions of animals. The elementary is also the creatural. This is what Mataré pursues and depicts his congenial way in his plastics of animals. Even though he creates the topos, the original form, his works are unmistakable, when regarded in the context of the artistic creation of his days. [KD]