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German Art Nouveau Bronze Figural Vide-Poche by Bernhard Hoetger

A German Art Nouveau patinated bronze figural vide poche by Bernhard Hoetger featuring a windblown nude with floral vines climbing her leg and giving her some modesty. Pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris", by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 146.

German Art Nouveau Bronze Figural Vide-Poche by Bernhard Hoetger

German Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture by Hoetger

A German Art Nouveau bronze sculpture, "La Pleureuse," by Bernhard Hoetger, depicting a weeping woman with her head in her hands. The sculpture is executed in patinated bronze. Bernhard Hoetger (born 4 May 1874 in Dortmund; died 18 July 1949 in Interlaken) was an important German sculptor, painter and handicrafts artist of the Expressionist movement. The son of a Dortmund blacksmith, he studied stone carving and sculpture in Detmold from 1888 to 1892, before directing a workshop in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. After some time at the Dusseldorf Arts Academy, he took a trip to Paris, where he was deeply influenced by Auguste Rodin. Hoetger''s bronze sculpture of the American dancer Loïe Fuller shows evidence of Rodin''s influence, and marks the height of Hoetger''s accomplishments in the Art Nouveau style. Hoetger resided in Paris and participated in the founding of the Salon d''Automne in 1905. In 1911, Hoetger was employed as professor and "maitre" to the "artistic colony" of Darmstadt, where he remained until 1919. In 1914, inspired by Becker-Modersohn, he traveled to Worpswede. It was here where he met Ludwig Roselius, a German coffee merchant, with whom he would go on to create his masterpiece, Bremen''s Böttcherstraße, in an Expressionist style. In 1949 he settled in Switzerland, where he died.

German Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture by Hoetger