A fine solid bronze abstract sculpture of an abstract kneeling nude torso by well-known German sculpture artist Otto Wesendonck. The sculpture itself measures 11” x 7” and is mounted on a granite base that measures 15” x 7” x 1.75.” The sculpture is in good condition, not polished, and has a rich, aged patina, see photos. The granite base has a few chips, hard to see due to the texture of the granite. Overall a good authentic fine art sculpture from the late mid-century period. Signature on the underside of the figure is “O W 1/6 70” indicating this is #1 of 6 produced and was done in 1970. The original gallery label is on the back side of the base and reads “Otto Wesendonck ‘Kleine Hockende’” literally translated as “small squatting” indicating the abstract nude’s kneeling position. Being solid bronze on a granite base, this is a heavy piece. Examples of the Wesendonck’s work may be seen at the artist’s website,
Artist Info, various internet sources:
Born 1939 in Dinslaken, Germany
Lives and works in Waakirchen, Germany
Otto Wesendonck creates his large scale sculptures from bronze and stainless steel. Their form language is abstract, their expression energetic. Organic, fluid forms intersect with angular bodies, matt surfaces with shiny ones, concave with convex. The tension thus produced extends into space. "I form processes and bursts of malleable energy, and pour and build them into rhythmic design" (Otto Wesendonck).
Otto Wesendonck studied sculpture at Berlin University of the Arts from 1960 to 1967 and became "Meisterschüler" (Master Student) of Bernhard Heiliger.
The artist continues to work today producing decorative object sculptures as well as numerous large sculptures in public places.