Kleine Daphne. 1918. Bronze, with goldbrown patina. Mounted on brown granite base. Buhlmann 63. With monogram as well as foundry mark "Noack Berlin". Height: 29,2 cm (11,4 in). Cast by art foundry mark Hermann Noack, Berlin. Other copies are in possession of the following public collections (selection): Nationalgalerie Berlin. Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne. Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld.
LITERATURE: (selection; each different copy) R. Crevel/G. Biermann, Renée Sintenis, Berlin 1930, p. 22 (with illu.). Wolfgang Stechow, Apollo und Daphne, Leipzig/Berlin 1932, illu. 63. Hanna Kiel, Renée Sintenis, Berlin 1935, p. 18 (with illu.). Hanna Kiel, Renée Sintenis, Berlin 1956, p. 16 (with illu.). C. L. Kuhn, German Expressionism and Abstract Art. The Harvard Collections, Cambridge 1957, p. 71, illu. 116. H. Westhoff-Krummacher, ''Die Bildwerke seit 1800 im Wallraf-Richartz-Museum und im öffentlichen Besitz der Stadt Köln'', Cologne 1965, p. 243 (with illu.).
In "Daphne" Renée Sintenis presumably created the finest expression of human grace. Daphne, harassed by Apoll, daughter of Peneios, is turned into a laurel tree upon her prayer. Sintenis hints at the transformation only in form of leaves around her legs and in Daphne's hair, the artist focusses all on her fragile physicalness, anticipating the metamorphosis in the elongated limbs. [CB].