Bronze with red brown patina. Schubert 55 B b I (of C b). With name "W. Lehmbruck" on front of plinth and with foundry mark "H. Noack Berlin-Friedenau" on rear as well as with inscription "L. 591". Ca. 53 x 15 x 15 cm (20,8 x 5,9 x 5,9 in). Cast by Noack, Berlin-Friedenau, by comission of the widow in the 1920s or 1930s. Fine cast with even patina.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Dr. Klihm, Munich (1949). Collection Max Fischer, Stuttgart.
When Lehmbruck went to Paris in 1910 he met Matisse, Archipenko, Brancusi and Modigliani, who helped him to attain expressionist sculpting. The "Kleine Sinnende" is the first sculpture that Lehmbruck made under the new artistic influence after he had moved to Paris, where the artist soon attained a own language of forms. If a sculpture is physicality nurtured by statuary volume, then Lehmbruck’s art in this respect was increased by another dimension. "Only an artist who had immersed so deeply into nature, who bears this comprehension for all that nature holds and who is capable of bringing the mastery to such an elevated level can dare to take expressive intentions of such vehemence into nature" (Paul Westheim, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Potsdam-Berlin 1919, p. 35). Thus the core of all artistic desire that Lehmbruck wanted to realize in his works is addressed. It is no longer the Idealism of a long gone epoch, but a deep internalization of a complex spiritual condition. [SM].