Aachen 1887 - 1965 Büderich near Neuss
Tänzelndes Pferd / "Chinesisches Pferd"
Bronze sculpture, mounted on an oval flat plinth. Height 20.5 cm. Stamp mark 'MATARÉ' under the belly. One of 14 known casts. - Very fine fawn brown patina with reddish tinge.
Schilling 241 a
Rhenish private collection
i.a.: Trier 1966 (Städt. Museum), Mataré, cat. no. 13; Düsseldorf 1967 (Städt. Kunsthalle), Ewald Mataré. Plastiken, Kunsthandwerk, Handzeichnungen [...], cat. no. 46; Sittard 1969 (Kritzraedthuis), Ewald Mataré, cat. no. 21; Aachen 1973 (Suermondt-Museum), Ewald Mataré, not numbered; Kaiserslautern/Heilbronn 1981 (Pfalzgalerie/Städt. Museen), Ewald Mataré, no. 31, (wood); Kleve 2010 (Kurhaus Kleve), Ewald Mataré. Plastik, Eine rheinische Privatsammlung, cat. no. 23 with full-page colour illus.
Hanns Theodor Flemming, Ewald Mataré, Munich 1955, p. 27, panel 23 with full-page illus. (wood); exhib. cat. Mataré und seine Schüler. Beuys, Haese, Heerich, Meistermann, Hanover/Nijmegen/Krefeld, no. 29, illus. p.46; Klaus Honnef/Hans M. Schmidt (ed.), exhib. cat. Aus den Trümmern, Neubeginn und Kontinuität. Kunst und Kultur im Rheinland und Westfalen 1945 -1952, Bonn/Düsseldorf/Bochum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum/Kunstmuseum/Museum Bochum), Cologne 1985, no. P 35
The “Tänzelndes Pferd” is among Ewald Mataré's best-known horse sculptures. It is distinguished not only by its composition in the round, but also by its exceptional elegance, gracefulness and lightness - deriving from the animated, slender limbs and the dominant S-shaped undulation of the body - as well as its tactile appeal. As usual Mataré did not have his eye on any particular horse, instead, the sculpture represents the general, essential nature of the horse in the manner of a symbol.
Through their reduction to that which is universally valid, the animal sculptures acquire significance on a spiritual level, that is, beyond pure representation. They function as a higher allegory for the species horse. Mataré preferred a reductively elegant depiction focused into the form of an ornament rather than a naturalistic depiction. The sculpture is also referred to as “Chinesisches Pferd”, pointing to the Asian impression it conveys. The ornamental form illustrates the emblematic character of the animal sculpture.