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Small Injured Figure, 1898

  • patination, bronze
  • 25.2 x 10.5 x 9.3 cm
  • Inv. 1950-AU

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Small Injured Figure is the first example in George Minne's oeuvre of a lone nude youth with spread legs. There are two different types of this motif that differ little from each other, each executed in different materials: plaster, marble and bronze. The first version dates from 1889, the second from 1898. The complex pose of the arms suggests great physical and psychological tension. The wound that the boy touches on his upper arm seems to be a pretext to fold back on himself, to hide himself. We recognise in this a form of narcissism, but also a need to turn away from the outside world, a typical attitude that also recurs in Minne's other work, culminating in The Fountain with Kneeling Youths (1982-E).


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Ghent 1866 - Sint-Martens-Latem 1941

Title Small Injured Figure
Date 1898
Period 19th century
Medium and support patination AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year on the back, on the base: GMINNE98
Collection sculpture AAT
Object type bronze AAT
Inventory number 1950-AU
Acquisition credit gift
De Weert-Cogen, Anna (coll.)
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300055865 symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A231 standing figure Iconclass
31A25212 arms crossed over the breast Iconclass
31A4632 infections and wounds Iconclass
31D12 youth, young man, adolescent Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
32A22 thin (human type) Iconclass
32A22(+0) thin (human type) (+ variant) Iconclass
School / Style Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Art Nouveau AAT
George Minne en de kunst rond 1900 (Tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 18.09.1982 - 05.12.1982) / Robert Hoozee, Monique Tahon-Vanroose, Albert Alhadeff. - Brussel : Gemeentekrediet, 1982 (p. 156-157, cat. 81 (ill.))
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 270 (ill. 127))
Henry van de Velde : Der Maler im Kreis der Impressionisten und Neoimpressionisten ; Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Druckgrafik und Skulpturen (Ausstellung Jena, Kunstsammlung Jena, 01.09 - 24.11.2013) / Erik Stephan, Gilles Genty, Christophe Duvivier, Carina Schäfer. - Jena : Kunstsammlung Jena, 2013
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
Gewagte Visionen : George Minne und Léon Spilliaert : Vom Symbolismus zum Expressionismus (Ausstellung Neuss, Clemens Sels Museum, 22.10.2023 - 03.03.2024) / Bettina Zeman, Ralph Gleis, Cathérine Verleysen, Noémie Goldman. - Neuss : Clemens-Sels-Museum, 2023 ; Köln : Wienand Verlag, 2023 (p.76, p.150)
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