Frau im Wind. 1931. Bronze with red brown patina. Schult 402. Laur 504/2 von 2. With foundry mark "H. Noack Berlin" in lower left of plinth. One of 32 unnumbered copies of the edition made after 1947 (from a total of 35 copies). 52.4 x 12.6 x 10.5 cm (20.6 x 4.9 x 4.1 in). Round plastic, made for a freeze. This cast has been confirmed by foundry Noack, Berlin, who esteem it for its high quality. Lacking inscription "E. Barlach" on base could not be clarified, however, they emphasized that it was a cast by their foundry and that it definitely is not an unauthorized later cast.
Accompanied by an expertise issued by Norbert Drey on 20 May, 2011.
EXHIBITION: Other casts are in possession of following museums: Kunsthalle, Bremen. Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf. Ernst Barlach Gesellschaft, Hamburg.
The figure, of which Barlach merely left a gypsum model behind, was initially intended to be part of a larger context, the "Gemeinschaft der Heiligen" (Group of Saints). The sleek standing figure calls reminiscence of medieval portal figures in cathedrals. A restriction to a confined space, presumably owed to the imagined freeze, clearly expresses Ernst Barlach's feeling for form. The wrinkled gown emphasizes the young woman's physicality and guides the eye to the head, which serves as sole carries of expression. [KD].