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Germaine Richier

Ariane Coulondre


A major reassessment of Germaine Richier's work and impact on 20th-century sculpture

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Germaine Richier (1902–59) occupies a central position in the history of modern sculpture. Predominantly working in bronze, her art revitalized the form of the figure, forging radical new images of men and women in the post-war period which blended the human body and natural forms in a hybrid of abstraction and figuration.

As the first woman artist to have a solo exhibition in her own lifetime at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, she held a unique position in the 1940s and 50s as a successful female career artist, exhibiting internationally and developing a style that has been largely overshadowed by the predominant male canon.

This major reassessment of Richier’s complete oeuvre establishes her key position within the artistic context of her time and, more broadly, her influential impact on 20th-century sculpture. Writers including Mika Biermann, Marie Darrieussecq, Maryline Desbiolles and Philippe Lançon, the philosopher Geneviève Fraisse, the anthropologist Charles Stépanoff and the artist ORLAN, evaluate the contemporary resonance of Richier’s creations, where her themes of identity, existence and our relationship with nature are increasingly relevant today. An anthology of the artist’s own writings, plus extracts from previously unpublished letters, complete this definitive volume, marking a long overdue appreciation of Germaine Richier’s distinct artistic originality.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 300

Publication date: 25 May 2023

ISBN: 9780500027097

Contents List

Six Essays
Catalogue of Works
The Artist in Her Own Words

About the Author

Ariane Coulondre is a curator at the Pompidou Centre, Paris. She has contributed to several books, including The Cubist Cosmos.