Die Trauernde — Köln, Germany
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N 50° 56.092 E 006° 57.531
32U E 356579 N 5644565
Quick Description: "Die Trauernde" ("the mourner") is a sculpture commemorating the victims of the Second World War, created in 1949 by the sculptor and graphic artist Gerhard Marcks
Location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Date Posted: 8/16/2018 4:21:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMYZP4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

"Die Trauernde" ist eine Plastik zum Gedenken der Opfer des Zweiten Weltkriegs, geschaffen 1949 vom Bildhauer und Grafiker Gerhard Marcks (1889-1981). Die 3 Meter große Plastik steht im Lichhof, dem ehemaligen Friedhof ("Leichenhof"), der romanischen Basilika St. Maria im Kapitol in Köln.
Sie geht auf eine frühere Arbeit Marcks zurück, an er in den Jahren 1935/37 gearbeitet hatte und in der er Studien zu seiner jüdischen Freundin Trude Jalowetz verarbeitet hatte. Eine Art Todesengel sollte diese Figur sein, die als Grabmal gedacht war. In den Kriegswirren wurde sie zerstört und der Künstler nahm den Entwurf in seiner Trauernden wieder auf. Seine besondere Art, allgemeingültige Haltungen mittels Gestik und einfacher reduzierter Gestaltung der Figuren zu vermitteln, ließen auch hier in der Engelsfigur den allgemeinen Gemütszustand der kriegsgebeutelten Deutschen nachvollziehen. Allgemein wurde die Figur auch in ihrer demütigen Haltung als eine Art Sühne verstanden.

"Die Trauernde" ("the mourner") is a sculpture commemorating the victims of the Second World War, created in 1949 by the sculptor and graphic artist Gerhard Marcks (1889-1981). The 3-meter-tall sculpture stands in the Lichhof, the former cemetery ("Leichenhof") of the Romanesque basilika of St. Maria im Kapitol (St. Mary's in the Capitol) in Cologne.
It goes back to an earlier work of Marcks, at which he had worked in the years 1935/37 and in which he had used studies of his Jewish friend Trude Jalowetz. A kind of angel of death should be this figure, which was intended as a tomb. In the war, it was destroyed and the artist resumed the design in his mourner. His peculiar way of communicating universal attitudes by means of gestures and simple reduced design of the figures also led to the understanding of the general state of mind of the war-torn Germans in the figure of the angel. In general, the figure was understood in her humble attitude as a kind of atonement.

source: wikipedia (Die Trauernde), Kulturtussi , wikipedia (Gerhard Marcks)

Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Die Trauernde

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Gerhard Marcks

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 1949

Materials used: shell limestone

Location: Lichhof at the Romanesque church of St. Mary in the Capitol

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