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Lucien Wercollier (1908-2002), Enlacement

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

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Lucien Wercollier, one of Luxembourg's most important 20th-century artists, is known as the "father" of modern sculpture in Luxembourg. He was one of the founders of La Nouvelle Equipe in 1948 and of Iconomaques in 1954, two groups of modern young Luxembourg artists who broke away from figuration and formed the core of the Luxembourg school of non-figurative art.After studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels (1927-1931) and at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris (1931-1933), he developed a great admiration for the work of Maillol and gradually, in his own creations, began simplifying the representation of the human body. He was arrested during World War II, deported and later imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. His work does not reflect these traumas, as Wercollier consistently favoured harmonious, clearly-ordered pieces often characterized by sensual curves and pure volumes.Our sculpture - dated 1976 - is a gift of the artist to the Museum. It is part of a series (Maternity, Affection, Attachment) first executed in alabaster and then transposed to bronze. The bronze version can be admired in the Park of Villa Vauban in Luxembourg City.

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