Laufender Elefant (Afrikanischer Elefant). 1954. Bronze with dark brown patina. Berger/Ladwig 215. Buhlmann 221/224. With monogram on rear hind foot, as well as with foundry mark "Noack Berlin". Height: 10.6 cm (4.1 in). Cast by art foundry Hermann Noack, Berlin, mentioned in their register of sculptures. [EL].
With an expertise from Dr. Ursel Berger, Berlin, from 25 April 2016.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Northern Germany.
EXHIBITION: (Selection; each presumably different copy): Malerei, Plastik und Graphik des 20.Jahrhunderts, Galerie Vömel, Dusseldorf 1955. Renée Sintenis. Das plastische Werk, Zeichnungen, Graphik, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, 1958, no.109. Renée Sintenis - Johann Michael Wilm, Künstlerhaus Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz July - September 1961, cat. no.4.
LITERATURE: (Each presumably different copy): Hanna Kiel, Renée Sintenis, Berlin 1956, p. 93. Die Weltkunst 25, 1955, issue 23, illu. on p.13.
There are two reasons why animal sculptures by Renée Sintenis are so popular. On the one hand it is the works' relatively small size and on the other hand it is Sintenis' design concept that had evolved from her very own visual perception. Sintenis usually depicts young animals, which, in contrast to the common canon of forms, are inidividual beings and not just cute versions of the adult. Sintenis emphasizes physical fragility, which is part of this phase of growing up, and puts it at the center of interest. In this case the lumbering steps are a sign of the very clumsiness that can, more or less obvious, be found in many her sculptures of young animals. But that's not all. Sintenis adds a certain monumental dignity to these small sculptures that goes far beyond the genre's standards.