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Kneeling Youth from the Fountain, 1898

  • bronze
  • 78.4 x 31.5 x 17 cm
  • Inv. 1921-H

Public Domain

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From about 1889 onwards George Minne became interested in the figure of the kneeling youth withdrawn into himself. This figure from 1898 represents the end of his search for austere, simple forms. In that same year he grouped five identical kneeling youths around a basin, the famous Fountain of the Kneeling Youths - also known as the Narcissus fountain - whose original model in plaster is owned by the museum. In the individual version of the kneeling youth there is no reference to the Narcissus story. Introspection and humility are more dominant here and give the sculpture a more religious nature. The Kneeling Youth is the artist’s best-known sculpture and many examples of it have been made, in plaster, bronze and marble.


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Ghent 1866 - Sint-Martens-Latem 1941

Title Kneeling Youth from the Fountain
Date 1898
Period 19th century
Collection sculpture AAT
Object type bronze AAT
Inventory number 1921-H
Acquisition credit gift
L'OEuvre du jeton de guerre
Current whereabouts Work on loan
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300055865 symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11Q41 contemplation Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A2321 leaning forward Iconclass
31A2323 leaning sideways Iconclass
31A233 kneeling figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D12 youth, young man, adolescent Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D61 fountain of youth, 'Fontaine de Jouvence' Iconclass
32A22 thin (human type) Iconclass
32A22(+0) thin (human type) (+ variant) Iconclass
41A3915 fountain (indoors) Iconclass
46C2 traffic on the water Iconclass
School / Style Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Belgische schone : Ensor tot Magritte ; Hoogtepunten uit de verzameling van het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Laren, Singer Laren, 16.06 - 30.08.2015) / Johan De Smet, Jan Rudolph De Lorm. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2015 ; Laren : Singer Laren, 2015 ; Heule : Uitgeverij Snoeck, 2015 (cat. 28 (ill.))
L' Oiseau Bleu : Op zoek naar geluk (tentoonstelling Gent, Sint-Pietersabdij, 09.12.2011 - 22.04.2012) / André Capiteyn, Christian Angelet, Martine Van Asch, Robert Beachboard, W.F. Vande Walle. - Gent : Kunsthal Sint-Pietersabdij, 2011 ; Gent : Uitgeverij Snoeck, 2011
After Impressionism : Inventing Modern Art (exhibition London, The National Gallery, 25.03 - 13.08.2023) / MaryAnne Stevens, Maria Alambritis, Christopher Riopelle, Camilla Smith, Sabine Wieber. - London : National Gallery Global Limited, 2023 (p.141)
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