Sunday, 5 September 2010

Las Meninas: Part 2

Germaine Richier

Shepherd of the Landes 1951
Cast 1996 in bronze.

The Shepherds in the Landes region in the south of France used to use stilts to help them see over the areas of scrub and marshland where their sheep grazed (taken from the Tate website).

I found this sculpture fascinating! The shepherd took on an almost alien form like something from the film 'Close Encounters' the face was deformed and which ever way I looked at it it seemed to have a different expression. Many of Richier's work features characters that take on part human part animal form. "My figures are original beings. Original and independent - that's what sculpture should be for me"

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