Die Tänzerin. 1926. Bronze with dark brown patina. Laur 407. Stand with name and number as well as with the foundry mark "H.Noack Berlin". From an edition of 12 copies cast since 1978. 90.5 x 16 x 6 cm (35.6 x 6.2 x 2.3 in). Cast by the art foundry Hermann Noack, Berlin 1979. Barlach conceived the "Tänzerin" in 1926 for the nine-figure relief frieze of an unrealized Beethoven monument. Barlach then used figures for the "Fries der Lauschenden". No lifetime casts of the "Tänzerin" were made from the plaster model. [JS]. • Another cast of the "Tänzerin" with crossed legs and in tip toe pose is part of the collection of the Ernst Barlach Haus, Hamburg. • The plaster model of the "Tänzerin" is preserved by the Ernst Barlach Stiftung, Güstrow. • Characteristic, large Barlach bronze, a virtuoso document of Barlach's pursuit of the closed form • Rare fusion of Barlach's famous expressionist style and the medieval sculptural tradition of the portal figure.
Accompanied by an expertise issued by the Ernst-Barlach-Lizenzverwaltung, Ratzeburg, on June 13, 1990 (in copy).
PROVENANCE: Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (since 1990 the latest). Private ownership Berlin (inherited from aforementioned).