Ewald Mataré - Tänzelndes Pferd (Chinesisches Pferd)

Ewald Mataré

Tänzelndes Pferd (Chinesisches Pferd)

Bronze Height 21 cm Signature stamp 'MATARÉ' under the belly. - With brown, brass-coloured patina. A short, weak dent mark on the side.

"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.

List of works

Schilling 241 a


Private possession, North Germany


I.a. Helmut Schoppa, Unerschöpfliches Geheimnis der Form. Der Bildhauer Ewald Mataré 65 Jahre alt, in: Rheinische Post, Febr. 1952, with illus.; Hanns-Erich Haack, Ewald Mataré, in: Die Kunst und das schöne Heim, 1955, no. 3, p. 93; Sonja Mataré/Maja Schilling (ed.), Ewald Mataré. Tagebücher 1915 bis 1965, Cologne 1997, July 1941, p. 249; Ursula Geisselbrecht-Capecki, Ewald Mataré. Leben und Werk, in: Ewald Mataré im Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve 2003, p. 19, cat. Nr. 14


I.a. Stockholm 1954 (Svens-Franska Konstgalleriet), Ewald Mataré. Skulpturer Träsnitt 1921-1953, cat. no. 59; Munich 1966 (Galerie Günther Franke), Ewald Mataré zum Gedächtnis, cat. no. 13 with illus.; Düsseldorf 1967 (Städt. Kunsthalle), Ewald Mataré. Plastik, Kunsthandwerk, Handzeichnungen, Aquarelle, Graphik, cat. no. 46; Hagen 1967 (Bürgerhalle), Der Brunnen, cat. no. 26; Sittard 1969 (Kritzraedthuis), Ewald Mataré, cat. no. 21; Aachen 1973 (Suermondt-Museum), Ewald Mataré, without cat. no.; Kleve 2010 (Museum Kurhaus Kleve), Ewald Mataré. Plastik. Eine rheinische Privatsammlung, cat. no. 23 with full-page colour illus. p. 71

Lot 24 D

35.000 € - 45.000 €

107.500 €