Renée Sintenis - Kopfstehender Junge (Fritz)
Kopfstehender Junge (Fritz)
Bronze Height 11.5 cm Numbered and monogrammed '20 RS' on the base, and with the foundry stamp "H. NOACK BERLIN". - With dark brown patina. - In very good condition.
Figural sculpture plays only a relatively small but nonetheless impressive part in the oeuvre of Renée Sintenis. The free limbs and the dark patina make an expressive feature of the boy's slender body. What makes this sculpture so delightful is the interest in movement as well as the play of light and shade on the vividly designed surface. “Fritz, the second acrobat, performs a headstand and appears so cheerful whilst doing so that the amazed audience is quite definitely anticipating further caprioles. The asymmetric positioning of the legs makes the sculpture appear to be in unstable balance thus cleverly suggesting a spontaneous subsequent movement. If we refrain from focusing on the pictorial content of this bronze, the figurine is evocative of a written Chinese character. The contour opens up into the entire room whilst remaining true to the motif.” (Britta Buhlmann, Renée Sintenis, op. cit., pp. 83 f.).
We would like to thank Britta Buhlmann for her additional information. The engraved "20" probably refers to the number of casts and not to the date.
Private possession, Austria
i.a. René Crevel, René Sintenis, Paris 1930, illustration p. 5; René Crevel/ Georg Biermann, Renée Sintenis, Berlin 1930, illustration no. 19; Gustav Eugen Diehl (Ed.), Renée Sintenis, Berlin n. d., p. 42 with illustration; Hanna Kiel, Renée Sintenis, Berlin 1935, illustration p. 30; Britta Buhlmann, Renée Sintenis, Werkmonographie der Skulpturen, Darmstadt 1987, p. 83 f.
Berlin 1925 (Galerie Alfred Flechtheim), Marie Laurencin/Renée Sintenis, cat. no. 42; Düsseldorf 1925, Große Kunstausstellung, cat. no. 1423; Berlin 1927, Sport, 52. Ausstellung der Berliner Secession, cat. no. 217; Berlin 1958 (Haus am Waldsee), cat. no. 18