Maksed man


I really loved this piece, Man with Mask, by Wolfgang Mattheuer. He was a founding member of the Leipzig School style of painting. Although the main body of his work was created behind the iron curtain of the GDR, he somehow managed to outsmart the censors. 


I think it's important to see this sculpture from both sides. It was one of my favorite pieces during my recent visit.

21 comments:

  1. I love this sculpture too. In German the sculpture is known as 'Gesichtzeigen' which means showing ones face , which allows for sure different interpretations. At the head side of his grave in Leipzig you can see this same sculpture
    It's worth a visit.
    Sara

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  2. There is a remarkable story behind it..

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  3. That is a terrific piece...and one could get a number of meanings from it. And I love your title of this post: Maksed Man. :)

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  4. I LOVE images like this,- people looking at art!
    Happy weekend!

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  5. Statue with a message. Thats clear. We are lucky that thoughts are free as a german personality once said.

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    1. Die Gedanken sind frei has a very special place and signification in German history.

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  6. I can see why you like this piece. The expression on the face behind the mask is unexpected.
    I also like seeing the other people at the exhibit.

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    1. I usually try not to get people on my shots. But I think they definitely add something here. Although that one lady doesn't look happy about being caught in my lens.

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  7. It is very striking, especially when you put it back in its context.

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    1. It makes me wonder if some censors were really on the "good" side. It's hard to imagine them not seeing the significance of this work. But maybe that's because I see it through my "west" eyes.

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  8. It certainly is quite a strong sculpture, from more than one point of view.

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  9. The lady in the photo also has been unmasked, maybe. :-)

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  10. I really life the first picture with the heads looking in opposite directions

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  11. Oh for sure sculpture needs to be viewed from as many angles as possible!

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  12. They say we all have a masked face Hal.. I love that you got the man next to this brilliant piece in the first shot, it adds so much to the image in so many ways just one being perspective. Merci beaucoup for the image and the info.

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  13. It is quite a piece, Hal.

    You and I have very different approaches to including people. If I am at a place without people, I will often wait until someone walks into the scene.

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  14. Powerful sculpture and a couple of very good shots and you make me want to visit your art museum!

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  15. Thoughts are free -" die Gedanken sind frei...".A german folk song .i wonder if they were allowed to sing in in the former GDR. Must have been a great exhibition.Where was it?

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