George Minne

(1866-1941)

Mother grieving over her dead child

1886
bronze
46 x 0 cm (18 ¹/₈ x 0 inches)
Signed: MINNE

Signed: MINNE

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Literature
- Beeh, W. (red.), Bildwerke um 1800 bis 1970 im Hessischen Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, republished by G. Bott (Darmstadt: Hessisches Landesmuseum/ Hanau, 1974), p. 117 (ill. of another copy).
- Boyens, P., Sint-Martens-Latem. Kunstenaarsdorp in Vlaanderen (Tielt: Lannoo, 1992), p. 236-237 (ill. of this sculpture).
- Fortlage, A., “George Minne,” in: Die Kunst. Monathefte für freie und angewante Kunst, 27 (München: Kunst für Alle, 1913), p. 348.
- Hoozee, R. e.a., George Minne en de kunst rond 1900, exh. cat. (Gent: Museum of Fine Arts, 1982), p. 67-69 (ill. of another copy).
- Hoozee, R. e.a., Wilhelm Lembruck - George Minne - Joseph Beuys, exh. cat. (Gent: Museum of Fine Arts, 1991), pp. 139, 218, no. 91 (ill. of copy Museum of Fine Arts Ghent).
- Hoozee, R., D. Laoureux, C. Verleysen e.a., De wereld van George Minne & Maurice Maeterlinck, exh. cat. (Antwerpen/Gent: Mercatorfonds/MSK, 2011), pp. 12, 41, no. 13, ill. 1 (ill. of copy Museum of Fine Arts Ghent).
- Pauwels, P.J.H., Als een fonkelenden spiegel (Sint-Martens-Latem: Galerie Oscar De Vos, 2019), p. 64 (ill. of this sculpture).
- Schaefer, B. e.a., 1912 - Mission Moderne. Die Jahrhundertschau des Sonderbundes, exh. cat. (Köln: Wienand Verlag, 2012), pp. 495-497, 614 (ill. of another copy in marble).
- Radenberg, W., Moderne Plastik: einige deutsche und ausländische Bildhauer und Medailleurs unserer Zeit (Düsseldorf/Leipzig: Die blauen Bücher, 1912), p. 63 (ill. of another copy).
- Robert-Jones, Ph. e.a., Belgische Kunst - Belgian Art - L'Art Belgique, exh. cat. (Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum, 1980), p. 135, no. 73 (ill. of a bronze sculpture).
- Roessler, A., "George Minne," in: Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, 25 (1909/1910), p. 252 (ill. of another copy).
- Rossi-Schrimpf, I., George Minne. Das Frühwerk und seine Rezeption in Deutschland und Österreich bis zum Ersten Welkrieg (Weimar: VDG, 2013), pp. 35, 57, 59, 60, 64, 68, 355, no. P1 (ill. of other copies).
- Van Puyvelde, L., George Minne (Bruxelles: Cahiers de Belgique, 1930), no. 2, p. 74 (ill. of another copy).
Exhibitions
Other sculptures of this subject, the same quality and period are in the collection of:
- Ghent, Museum of Fine Arts, inv.no. 1996-A, plaster.
- Brussels, Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, inv.no. 6183, bronze.
- The Hague, Kunstmuseum, inv. BEO-1923-0001, bronze.
- Darmstadt, Hessisches Landesmuseum, inv.no. 66, marble.
- Private collection, terracotta.
Description
This sculpture is the earliest in Minne's oeuvre on the theme of the mourning mother. It was made when he was only twenty years old, in the year he met Maurice Maeterlinck and became part of the circle of Symbolist poets. Emile Verhaeren, writing of the Les XX (Les Vingt) exhibition of 1891 at which both Minne and Meunier exhibited, drew the contrast between the two figural sculptors - Minne totally absorbed with inner states of feeling; Meunier, the observer of the working-man.

A similar subject in plaster was in the collection of the Grossherzogliches Museum für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe (Weimar) (now destroyed). Other sculptures in bronze and marble have been collected by Slg. Becker (Hagen, ca. 1902-03), Fritz Waerendorfer (Vienna, before 1909) and Adolphe Stoclet (Brussels, before 1914). Nowadays there are still copies in the following museum collections: Museum of Fine Arts (Ghent, inv.no. 1996-1, plaster); Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium (Brussels, inv.no; 6183, bronze); Gemeentemuseum The Hague (inv.no. BEO-1923-0001, bronze); Hessisches Landesmuseum (Darmstadt, inv.no. 66 pl. 66: 4) and a terracotta output in private ownership.
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