"Rudolf Küchler (1867-1954). Shirtless Miner, One Hand Resting On His Head."Statuette representing a miner, shirtless, one hand wiping sweat from his forehead while the other is placed on a pickaxe. The man stands firmly on his two legs, standing on a ground composed of rocks.
Bronze with dark patina on a green marble base, veined with white. Signed "R. Küchler".
Design of the work around 1900.
Beautiful patina with slight traces of aging. The bronze alone measures 48 cm while the total height with the marble base measures 51 cm.
Rudolf Küchler (1867-1954) is an austrian sculptor, born in Vienna where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1883 to 1890. He is known for having built the Kaiser Wilhelm I and Friedrich I memorial near Leipzig. Based in Berlin, he worked on the decoration of the facades of several prestigious hotels such as the Excelsior and the Esplanade as well as on the Art Nouveau decor of the Neues Schauspielhaus theater in Berlin. He produced some bust portraits, notably those of Brahms and the Crown Princess of Prussia, Cecilie de Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
This work by Rudolf Küchler was presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig (MdbK) in the exhibition "Der optimierte Mensch. Momente der Industriekultur in der bildenden Kunst" from 12.12.2019 to 01.03.2020.